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  • The Revolution of ’28

  • Al Smith, American Progressivism, and the Coming of the New Deal
  • By: Robert Chiles
  • Narrated by: Peter Lerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Revolution of ’28 explores the career of New York governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith. Robert Chiles peers into Smith’s work and uncovers a distinctive strain of American progressivism that resonated among urban, ethnic, working-class Americans in the early 20th century. The book charts the rise of that idiomatic progressivism during Smith’s early years as a state legislator through his time as governor of the Empire State in the 1920s, before proceeding to a revisionist narrative of the 1928 presidential campaign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Smith paved the way for FDR

  • By Chester on 10-27-18

Oh, The Happy Warrior!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Al Smith - for whom a yearly dinner has held by the Archdiocese of New York since 1945 and attended by political and press luminaries - celebrates what may be considered by many to be the birth of Liberal Progressive-ism in both small D and large D Democratic politics in the U.S. But, alas, it wouldn't be until the election of JFK in 1960 that the religious prejudice of a Catholic holding the highest office in the land would be shattered.

Even though Theodore Roosevelt may be credited as being the first true Progressive POTUS, Al Smith changed the face of Progressive and Liberal political leanings in the Democratic party in his failed bid for the presidency in 1928 and paved the way for FDR to wrest the office away from Herbert Hoover (who defeated Smith) in 1932.

This is a long academic tome that can be listened to is smaller chunks without missing the overall theme, message and timeline.

Peter Lerman's narration is smooth and consistent throughout, setting just the proper tone for the work. His natural vocal style lends a personable touch, as if he were telling this history to the listener over a cup of coffee. His slight "vocal fry" is refreshingly honest, as opposed to a more studied announcer-type vocal delivery. The sound quality is excellent and consistent as well. Mr. Lerman easily delineates the narrative text from quotations in a way that the listener knows who and when someone is being quoted by the author, without resorting to vocal "tricks" of trying to imitate the speaker. A good, solid narration.

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