Almost President by Scott Farris
The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation

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As the 2012 presidential campaign begins, Almost President profiles a dozen men who have run for the American presidency and lost—but who, even in defeat, have had a greater impact on American history than many of those who have served as president. Scott Farris tells us the stories of legendary figures from Henry Clay to Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan to Thomas Dewey. He also includes mini-profiles on every major candidate nominated for president who never reached the White House but who helped ensure the success of American democracy. Farris explains how Barry Goldwater achieved the party realignment that had eluded FDR, how George McGovern paved the way for Barack Obama, and how Ross Perot changed the way all presidential candidates campaign. There is Al Smith, the first Catholic nominee for president; and Adlai Stevenson, the candidate of the "eggheads" who remains the beau ideal of a liberal statesman. Others covered by this book include Al Gore, John Kerry, and John McCain. The mini profiles also include evocative portraits of such men as John C. Fremont, the first Republican Party presidential candidate; and General Winfield Scott, whose loss helped guarantee the Union victory in the Civil War.
 

About Scott Farris

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Scott Farris, a former bureau chief for United Press International and a political columnist, has interviewed most of the men and women who have sought the presidency over the past thirty years. He has managed several political campaigns.
 
Published December 6, 2011 by Lyons Press. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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These include the masterly legislator Henry Clay, who ran and lost three times against Jacksonian “tyranny” but whose “American System” embraced an active, liberal government role that helped redefine the Democratic Party to become, nominally in turn, the Whigs and then the Republican Party of Ab...

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They broke barriers and taboos around religion and gender, ushered in new political movements….” Moving chronologically through 184 years, he finds past/present linkages as he profiles Henry Clay, Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan, Al Smith, Thomas E.

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Christian Science Monitor

He was Abraham Lincoln’s idol, “and a study of Lincoln’s writings and speeches clearly shows that much of his political philosophy was directly inherited from Clay,” says Scott Farris in Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation.

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City Book Review

Before reading it, it had never occurred to me just how impactful those final words could be, and just what a pivotal role they played in the nation’s movement forward after Election Day.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Publisher: Lyons Press Product Description As the 2012 presidential campaign begins: Profiles of twelve men who have run for the presidency and lost, but who, even in defeat, have h...

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“History is written by the victors, but to ignore the contributions made by losing presidential candidates is to warp our understanding of American history,” says the author in this enlightening and appealing narrative about politicians unfairly called also-rans.

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