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    FDR Twice Signed Copy of The Happy Warrior

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Inscribed Copy of The Happy Warrior. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928. 4.75" x 8". 40 pages, authored by Roosevelt. Franklin writes on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. John C. Pearson from Franklin D. Roosevelt." Al Smith, the subject of the book, has inscribed below Roosevelt's, "To Mr. John C. Pearson with best wishes Alfred Smith." Roosevelt adds a second signature on the title page. With dust jacket. Black cloth-bound with orange title label. Moderate wear to the dust jacket. Very clean pages.

    In the forward to Roosevelt's personal account of 1928 Democratic Presidential candidate Alfred E. Smith, the future president explains: "It is difficult, in the tumult of a political campaign, to set forth facts without bias, but I have tried, in the first part of this little book, to analyze fairly some of the causes that make Alfred E. Smith one of the most interesting Americans of this generation. In no way is this written as a partisan plea. The excuse lies in the deluge of letters coming to me from men and women in every circumstance of life, and from every part of the United States, asking every conceivable kind of question about him." Roosevelt's predecessor as governor of New York, Al Smith was defeated in a landslide by Herbert Hoover in the 1928 election, which was held a little more than two months after the publication of this volume.

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