Political conventions in years past were more than pep rallies for preselected candidates -- they were suspenseful, no-holds-barred battles for the nomination. In 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the man who would become one of America's most beloved presidents, was far from a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination at the party's convention in Chicago. Using new sources of information, award-winning reporter Steve Neal weaves the compelling story of how FDR finally got the nod along with the personalities of the day who influenced the decision, including Joseph P. Kennedy, Al Smith, Huey Long, and William Randolph Hearst.
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About the Author
Steve Neal, a longtime political columnist for the Chicago Sun Times, is the author of ten books, including Harry and Ike: The Partnership That Remade the Postwar World, Dark Horse: A Biography of Wendell L. Willkie, and Eleanor and Harry: The Correspondence of Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry Truman. Mr. Neal died in February 2004.