1948 - Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America

Author(s): David Pietrusza

biography & memoir

The wild, combative inside story of the most stunning upset in the history of presidential elections--Harry Truman's victory over Tom Dewey: "Outstanding."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

In this lively account, award-winning historian David Pietrusza unpacks the most ingloriously iconic headline in the history of presidential elections--DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN--to reveal the 1948 campaign's backstage events and recount the down-to-the-wire brawl fought against the background of an erupting Cold War, the Berlin Airlift, the birth of Israel, and a post-war America facing exploding storms over civil rights and domestic communism.

"Coherent, compelling...A skillful, authoritative investigation."--Kirkus Reviews

"A terrific book...a must-read."--Ron Faucheux, former editor-in-chief, Campaigns & Elections magazine

"Brilliantly portrays President Harry Truman's successful efforts to stave off the challenge of New York Gov. Tom Dewey, who was making a repeat bid as the Republican nominee."--David Mark, author of Going Dirty: The Art of Negative Campaigning

"Sweeping...compelling."--Library Journal 
"Gripping detail."--The New York Journal of Books


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  • : 9781635764482
  • : Diversion Publishing Corp.
  • : Diversion Books
  • : September 2018
  • : {"length"=>["9"], "width"=>["6"], "units"=>["Inches"]}
  • : books

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  • : David Pietrusza
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 973.918092/2
  • : 559