During an election year, it is always interesting and often enlightening to read about presidential elections from America's past, if only to reflect on how the times have changed. Commenting on the 2004 election, pundit Ann Coulter recently wrote in Jewish World Review
, ''But for all their chicanery, vote-stealing, Hollywood starlets, fake polls and faux patriotism, Democrats were wiped out on Election Day.''
As such, the 2004 election stands in contrast to prior presidential contests. On the other hand, many aspects of the recent election may very well resemble those from the past. Ultimately, the agenda of present as well as future elections is actually a reflection of the subtle changes that both political parties have undergone over the years.
Almost a century ago, Americans were faced with an unprecedented presidential election. The year was 1912, when four passionate men vigorously sought the presidency. Chace's book provides an illuminating look at what led up to the fascinating election of 1912 and offers detailed biographical sketches of each of the four great men who ran for this nation's highest office.
In 1912, Mr. Chace gives the reader an up-close view of the four candidates, by providing an array of anecdotal information about each man in the years before 1912. In this way, the stage is set for the election that he claims ultimately changed the course of American history. We not only learn how it came to be that these four candidates attempted to win the election, but we gain an understanding of the motivations and convictions of each candidate as he fought for the presidency.
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