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Happy Warrior. Alfred E. Smith - ROOSEVELT Franklin D. SMITH Alfred E - 1928. 
1928 - ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. The Happy Warrior. Alfred E. Smith. A Study of a Public Servant. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin/Riverside, 1928. Octavo, original dark green cloth, printed orange label, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $8800.First edition of FDR's second book, a scarce presentation copy wonderfully inscribed by him within weeks of publication and barely a month before his election as Governor of New York, likely to a patient at Warm Springs with FDR clearly mindful of his gubernatorial campaign, "For Elizabeth with my sorrow that she can't vote in N.Y. State, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Warm Springs, Oct 5, 1928."Happy Warrior, FDR'S scarce second book, was published the year Al Smith, the powerful four-time governor of New York, made his unsuccessful bid for the presidency, and notably features FDR's famous speech nominating Smith at the June 1928 Democratic National Convention. This scarce presentation copy is especially memorable in that it marks a turning point for FDR""inscribed only two days after the Democratic State Convention in New York nominated him to run that year in his successful bid to become New York's governor. At the time of that convention FDR was in Warm Springs, Georgia, which he had recently established as the Georgia Warm Springs Polio Foundation. On October 5 FDR made a campaign speech for Al Smith in nearby Columbus. Yet his inscription that same day, likely to a patient at Warm Springs, indicates he was also focused on his own campaign for governor. Happy Warrior, in which FDR praises Smith as a "leader""a pathfinder". a happy warrior," nevertheless marks the beginning of a rift in their complex friendship (Slayton, Empire States, 349-51). "Smith's failure to realize his foremost ambition, election to the Presidency, led to a break with FDR," who ultimately succeeded where Smith failed by becoming the nation's 32nd President in 1933 (New York Times). "Published September 18, 1928." Containing FDR's Foreword dated in print Hyde Park, August 16, 1928, with Part I, featuring "a brief intimate portrait of Smith". presented here for the first time," along with Part II, containing an early printing of FDR's June 27, 1928 nominating speech. Halter T457. Interior fine, small bit of soiling to rear board; lightest edge-wear, faint toning to spine of bright unrestored dust jacket. A highly desirable about-fine copy, scarce inscribed. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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