The arduous, often unpredictable journey to the U.S. presidency has attracted some of the most unique characters in history. With “unusual” presidential candidates grabbing headlines for the foreseeable future, Contenders shines a welcome spotlight on individuals that felt inspired to offer their uncommon perspectives and special talents to lead the nation. From heartbreaking near-misses (Stevenson, Bryan) and historic firsts (Woodhull, Chisolm, Smith), to campaigns that never stood a chance (Allen), Contenders provides fascinating insights into the American political process, along with unforgettable tales of the individuals we've met along the way. Featuring:Victoria Woodhull: The First Woman to Run for PresidentWilliams Jennings Bryan: The Speech That Changed PoliticsAdlai Stevenson: A Candidate in the Age of TelevisionMargaret Chase Smith: Cold War in PearlsShirley Chisolm: The Politics of PrincipleGracie Allen: The Joke that Became a CampaignThe “Veep”: Alben Barkley's “Buck” Stopped with Harry TrumanAnd more!
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by Joe Vitale
"This short audiobook tells the stories of candidates who did not win the U.S. presidency but brought interesting perspectives to their races. The major party candidates include Adlai Stevenson, who lost twice to Dwight Eisenhower; Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president; and Gracie Allen, the comedian, whose run started as, well, a joke. Radio documentarian Joe Richman narrates his audiobook, and he does a nice job being somewhat snide in addition to informing us about these lesser-known presidential aspirants. His deep, quiet voice is easy to listen to, and he tells the stories in a folksy manner. However, he does swallow some words and sometimes devolves into a monotone during long passages. He's not polished, but the stories are the real stars. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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