A new episode of the Madison presidency series is now available!
June 5, 2022

Interview with Peter Shea, In the Arena

Interview with Peter Shea, In the Arena

Year(s) Discussed: 1812-2016

We often examine the lives and legacies of those select few who win the US presidential elections every four years, but what about their opponents? What might we learn from their unsuccessful campaigns as well as their overall careers? In this episode, I am joined by Peter Shea to discuss his book, In the Arena: A History of American Presidential Hopefuls. In our conversation, we examined candidates ranging from DeWitt Clinton to Michael Dukakis and the legacies of some of the also-rans in the larger scheme of American culture and history as well as considered how losing has the potential to make individuals stronger. Additional information can be found at https://www.presidenciespodcast.com.


In the Arena is now available for purchase through Trope Publishing.

Special thanks to Peter Shea as well as Lauren Ball of Trope Publishing for arranging this interview and to Christian of Your Podcast Pal for his audio work on this episode!