AL SMITH by Frank Graham


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A well-known sports writer does an Horatio Alger on Al Smith. From his Fulton Fish Market days he traces his rise to Governor of New York, Presidential candidate and successful business magnate. Neither a deft nor penetrating study -- although those satisfied with a superficial picture will feel they know New York's favorite son. Here are the highlights of his life --anecdotes of the man. His fine points, his honesty and enterprise, his integrity despite his Tammany upbringing, his devotion to his family, his ability to get to the heart of a social problem, his willingness to battle for what he thought right. Graham slides over his weaknesses and mistakes, many of which -- if brought to the surface -- would have strengthened, not weakened the portrait of a good American. Easyreading, but not the book it might have been. That is still to be written.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1945
Publisher: Putnam