The arduous, often unpredictable journey to the US 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 who 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 president
Williams Jennings Bryan: the speech that changed politics
Adlai Stevenson: a candidate in the age of television
Margaret Chase Smith: Cold War in pearls
Shirley Chisolm: the politics of principle
Gracie Allen: the Joke that became a campaign
The "Veep": Alben Barkley's "Buck" stopped with Harry Truman
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