Happy Days Are Here Again:The 1932 Democratic Convention,

Political conventions in years past were than pep rallies for preselected candidates they were suspenseful, no holds barred battles for the nomination In , 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 Happy Days Are Here Again:The 1932 Democratic Convention, the Emergence of FDR--and How America Was Changed Forever


About the Author: Steve Neal

Born in 1949, Steve Neal earned a bachelor s degree from the University of Oregon and a master s in journalism from Columbia University During his career in journalism, he worked for a number of newspapers, most notably as a political columnist for the Chicago Sun Times.



10 thoughts on “Happy Days Are Here Again:The 1932 Democratic Convention, the Emergence of FDR--and How America Was Changed Forever

  1. Robert Morrow Robert Morrow says:

    Having enjoyed Steve Neal s bio of Wendell Willkie, I thought I would give this book a shot I was not disappointed The narrative is tight, insightful and captures the tension and excitement of the behind the scenes maneuvering that put FDR over the top on the fourth ballot Although to the modern reader some of the major political players of the time may seem like corrupt buffoons Cermak, Huey Long , the trut


  2. Heather Heather says:

    This was a great book that focused on the 1932 Democratic National Convention where FDR won the nomination for president The book focuses not only on FDR but all the other contenders that have long been lost in history which is one of the reasons why I liked this book In addition to all the interesting facts and research, there were a great deal of pictures to bring the convention and the people involved to lif


  3. Eugenea Pollock Eugenea Pollock says:

    Although I might not have selected his book independently, when it came up through Bookbub , I was sufficiently interested to buy and read it And I learned a lot about a piece of history that I knew very little about I would have rated it higher but for the writing style It could have been very suspenseful and exciting, but instead it read like an academic submission.


  4. Ryan Ryan says:

    If you are looking for a book about the rise of Franklin D Roosevelt to his nomination in the Democratic Convention in 1932, you will be thoroughly disappointed with this book In fact, if you are looking for anything about FDR and his run to becoming president in this book you will be disappointed Happy Days Are Here Again isabout how broken up the Democratic Party was at the time and all of the various candidates th


  5. Dee Arr Dee Arr says:

    Author Steve Neal brings yesterday into today as he presents intricate details of how Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the Democratic Party nomination in 1932 Even though FDR possessed a clear majority of votes over his rivals, party rules at that time required that a candidate must receive two thirds of the votes from attendees at the 1932 Democratic Convention in Chicago Roosevelt faced the possibility of not being able


  6. Michael Gerald Michael Gerald says:

    I bought the paperback edition of this book from Booksale last year for just twenty 20 Pesos Yes, really It is an interesting account of the 1932 Democratic Party National Convention It was interesting to know that President Franklin Roosevelt s nomination as the party s candidate was not easy and was not quickly in the bag It involved a lot of negotiation, haggling or even bribery , persuasion, and creativity to persuade


  7. Don Don says:

    This is very readable, enjoyable history of the Democratic Party s Presidential nominating convention in 1932 As becomes obvious through the course of the book, FDR s nomination was no sure thing Neal takes the reader through the build up to the convention and the convention itself The high points of this book for me were the descriptions and mini biographies of all of the key players I was generally aware of most of the name


  8. Tony Almquist Tony Almquist says:

    this is an excellent account of the 1932 Democratic Convention The first half of the book has chapter length sketches of the major players, many names lost to history The second half of the book deals with the wrangling and intrigue in getting FDR nominated, far from a foregone conclusion What if McAdoo of California had not made it to the convention hall in time after his limo ran out of gas on the streets on Chicago hmmm


  9. Deborah A Barck Deborah A Barck says:

    CompellingThis time in the history of a young child and her and her siblings survival was sad and shocking Her tenacity and will is so well written that I envisioned her struggles and triumphs along the way Historically speaking, I was informed humanly speaking, I was touched.


  10. Crystal Crystal says:

    Even if you re not a Roosevelt fan or admirer, this book provides a detailed and comprehensive look at early 20th Century politics and how a crucial time in American history came to be.


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