The happy warrior from the sidewalks of Brooklyn scrapped his way from district leader of the Democrats to candidacy for the Presidency. His allies and foes in themselves make good reading -- opponent William Randolph Hearst, one of Smith's bitterest detractors, and defender Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who propelled Smith's political achievements upward. Smith's Tammany affiliations were formed early and though they helped on the way through lesser battles, in the Presidential campaign they hurt him. Those affiliations didn't hurt him at the polls as much as a longer and stronger commitment -- Catholicism. This is a level-headed presentation of Smith's story, a timely one for young Catholics to read with the possibility that Senator Kennedy may face similar opposition, should he run for President.