What Makes Sammy Run? Is the story of the title character, Sammy Glick, who rises during the Great Depression from the bottom of the news media world to become a powerful media mogul. Sammy is shown as sociopathic, greedy, and extremely disloyal. The story is narrated by his sometimes friend Al Manheim, a critic at Sammy's paper. Near the novel's conclusion Sammy, isolated and frightened by success, is shown to repent somewhat, but he quickly backslides into decadence and sociopathy.