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  • 5 of America's best presidential losers

    5 of America's best presidential losers

    Henry Clay. Al Smith. Thomas E. Dewey. Their names probably prompt hazy recollections of high school history class – but not much else. By missing out on the presidency, many would say they lost their place in history, too. But even those who didn't take the oath on Inauguration Day had their impact. Here are five great examples from Scott Farris's new book 'Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation.'

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  • Deals that changed history

    A look back at three major pieces of historical federal legislation, started and finished by small groups of men intent on statesmanship.

  • Robert Remini dies, leaves legacy as Andrew Jackson scholar

    Robert Remini dies: The Andrew Jackson scholar wrote at least 10 books about the former president. Robert Remini also wrote books about Mormon leader Joseph Smith and President John Quincy Adams.

  • Chapter & Verse Romney's loss: How he compares to other presidential also-rans

    Writer Scott Farris, author of 'Almost President,' discusses how the former presidential nominee stacks up against other men who lost their bid for the highest office in the land.

  • America's Great Debate

    Fergus M. Bordewich has penned a perceptive and tremendously witty book about the compromise that held the US together in the decade before the Civil War.

  • Almost President

    Almost President

    Why some of the candidates who lost the race for president ultimately had a bigger impact than many of those who won.

  • 5 of America's best presidential losers

    5 of America's best presidential losers

    Henry Clay. Al Smith. Thomas E. Dewey. Their names probably prompt hazy recollections of high school history class – but not much else. By missing out on the presidency, many would say they lost their place in history, too. But even those who didn't take the oath on Inauguration Day had their impact. Here are five great examples from Scott Farris's new book 'Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation.'

  • America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation

    America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation

    On the 150th anniversary of the onset of the US Civil War, a lively, compelling account of its roots.

  • Madam Speaker: Why No. 2 matters

    Editor's Blog Madam Speaker: Why No. 2 matters

    Nancy Pelosi ocupies the second highest elected post in the US.Will she be remembered as a Henry Clay or a Galusha Grow?

  • Letters to the Editor

    Readers write about the lessons that can be learned from Kosovo, the systemic debt problem in US higher education, and another way President Obama may unite rivals.