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The wizard of Washington : Emil Hurja, Franklin Roosevelt, and the birth of public opinion polling /
Melvin G. Holli.
imprint
New York : Palgrave, 2002.
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viii, 153 p. : ill.
ISBN
031229395X (hardcover)
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New York : Palgrave, 2002.
isbn
031229395X (hardcover)
catalogue key
4640814
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Melvin G. Holli is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"...well-researched and well-written biography of a Finnish American hero."--Giles C. Ekola, The Finnish American Reporter "Scholars who are interested in how serious public opinion polling got started must read The Wizard of Washington."-- Larry Madaras, History: Reviews of New Books ...restores this pioneer of public opinion research to his rightful place in American political history. -Michig an History "The Wizard of Washington: Emil Hurja, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Birth of Public Opinion Polling is an extremely important work that should be read by anyone interested in American politics, especially presidential politics. It is an absorbing story, one that hasn't been told before, about a man who profoundly changed the way in which political elections are conducted." Robert V. Remini, Historian, University of Illinois at Chicago "Emil Hurja was a pioneer of public opinion research, and one of the more important strategists of the Roosevelt era. The Wizard of Washington is a valuable, original contribution to Roosevelt literature, and a first-rate portrait." Steve Neal, political columnist, Chicago Sun-Times; and author,Harry and Ike "Holli...rescues Emil Hurja from the margins of historical writing on Franklin D. Roosevelt and establishes him as the father of modern, scientific public opinion polling. This meticulously researched and sensibly argued study not only gives an important adviser to FDR his due, it also enlarges our conception of the way in which Roosevelt kept his finger on the pulse of public opinion." Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio University The book is well-written and well-researched. -Finnish-American Reporter
"...well-researched and well-written biography of a Finnish American hero."--Giles C. Ekola, The Finnish American Reporter "Scholars who are interested in how serious public opinion polling got started must read The Wizard of Washington."-- Larry Madaras, History: Reviews of New Books ...restores this pioneer of public opinion research to his rightful place in American political history. -Michig an History "The Wizard of Washington: Emil Hurja, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Birth of Public Opinion Polling is an extremely important work that should be read by anyone interested in American politics, especially presidential politics. It is an absorbing story, one that hasn't been told before, about a man who profoundly changed the way in which political elections are conducted." Robert V. Remini, Historian, University of Illinois at Chicago "Emil Hurja was a pioneer of public opinion research, and one of the more important strategists of the Roosevelt era. The Wizard of Washington is a valuable, original contribution to Roosevelt literature, and a first-rate portrait." Steve Neal, political columnist, Chicago Sun-Times; and author, Harry and Ike "Holli...rescues Emil Hurja from the margins of historical writing on Franklin D. Roosevelt and establishes him as the father of modern, scientific public opinion polling. This meticulously researched and sensibly argued study not only gives an important adviser to FDR his due, it also enlarges our conception of the way in which Roosevelt kept his finger on the pulse of public opinion." Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio University The book is well-written and well-researched. -Finnish-American Reporter
"...well-researched and well-written biography of a Finnish American hero."--Giles C. Ekola, The Finnish American Reporter "Scholars who are interested in how serious public opinion polling got started must read The Wizard of Washington."-- Larry Madaras, History: Reviews of New Books ...restores this pioneer of public opinion research to his rightful place in American political history. -Michig an History "The Wizard of Washington: Emil Hurja, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Birth of Public Opinion Polling is an extremely important work that should be read by anyone interested in American politics, especially presidential politics. It is an absorbing story, one that hasn't been told before, about a man who profoundly changed the way in which political elections are conducted." Robert V. Remini, Historian, University of Illinois at Chicago "Emil Hurja was a pioneer of public opinion research, and one of the more important strategists of the Roosevelt era. The Wizard of Washington is a valuable, original contribution to Roosevelt literature, and a first-rate portrait." Steve Neal, political columnist, Chicago Sun-Times; and author, Harry and Ike "Holli...rescues Emil Hurja from the margins of historical writing on Franklin D. Roosevelt and establishes him as the father of modern, scientific public opinion polling. This meticulously researched and sensibly argued study not only gives an important adviser to FDR his due, it also enlarges our conception of the way in which Roosevelt kept his finger on the pulse of public opinion." Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio University The book is well-written and well-researched. -Finnish-American Reporte r
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Summaries
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Historians have pointed to John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign as the first time a presidential candidate relied extensively on public opinion polls. Since then, polling has come to define American politics, and is perhaps most clearly embodied in Bill Clinton, the most poll-driven president in history. Melvin G. Holli, however, reveals that reliance on public opinion polls dates to the New Deal Era, when Franklin D. Roosevelt employed a first-generation Finnish-American named Emil Hurja to conduct polls for his 1932 and 1936 campaigns. Roosevelt's triumph in 1932 and in 1936, as well as the spectacular 1934 Democratic congressional victory, is legendary. What few people know is the story about what happened behind the scenes: Emil Hurja was the driving force behind the Democrats during the New Deal Era. Holli restores Hurja to his rightful place American history and politics, showing us that the Washington press corps were right on target when they dubbed Hurja the "Wizard of Washington."
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Growing up in a Frontier Boom Town: The Life and Times of the Hurjasp. 1
College Days and Beyondp. 19
1932 Presidential Electionp. 39
Polling and Patronage for Roosevelt and the New Dealp. 57
Post-New Deal Hurjap. 81
1939--Publishing, Polling, Consultingp. 97
Notesp. 125
Primary Sourcesp. 143
Selected Bibliographyp. 144
Indexp. 149
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