Alfred E. Smith: The Happy Warrior

by Christopher M. Finan

The meteoric rise and dramatic fall of AlfredE.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 396 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.89 out of 5
  • Published November 1st 2003 by Hill & Wang
  • Original Title: Alfred E. Smith: The Happy Warrior
  • ISBN: 080901632X (ISBN13: 9780809016327)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Al Smith

The meteoric rise and dramatic fall of Alfred E. Smith, the brash, Catholic anti-Prohibitionist from New York’s Lower East Side, are well known. His job at the Fulton Fish Market through his years in the state legislature and as four-time governor of New York to his crushing defeat in 1928 and his final, puzzling defection from the Democratic party in 1936 are the stuff of legend. Christopher M. Finan provides a full, nuanced study, written with verve and zeal, of this intriguing–and misunderstood–politician.