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The wild, combative inside story of the most stunning upset in the history of presidential elections: Harry Truman's 1948 victory over Tom Dewey.

"Outstanding....by far the best yet about the fateful [1948] election." -Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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

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.

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

"David Pietrusza 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, journalist, political analyst, and author of Going Dirty: The Art of Negative Campaigning

"Sweeping... compelling." -Library Journal

©2011 David Pietrusza. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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1948 Presidential election retold by Truman hater

Surprising, unmistakable, agenda generated, historically predjudiced account of the remarkable achievements of an equally remarakable man, Harry S Truman. The author, at every turn, seeks to deminish the accomplishments of and the appreciation and honor due President Truman. This tome is NOT, I repeat, NOT, recommended for anyone who has any affection for one of the greatest presidents that ever occupied the office. Having been giving no preperation by FDR, Truman embarked on tasks (ending WWII, the use of the atomic bomb, the struggle with bringing the war-time economy to a peace-time reality, etc., etc.) that would have devasted most men. Mrs. Roosevelt said it best, at the time of FDR's death, telling Truman, "... you're the one in trouble now..." With all that was against him, Truman managed to achieve the amazing election victory of 1948. Don't read this pathetic account of this remarkable presidential election.