From David Pietrusza,
the Award-Winning Author of
1920: The Year of the Six Presidents
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Indelibly, we recall the iconic newsphoto: jubilant underdog Harry
Truman brandishing his copy of  the Chicago Tribune proclaiming
"DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." But far, far more exists to 1948's
election that a single inglorious headline and a stunning upset victory.
Award-winning author David Pietrusza goes beyond the headlines to
reveal backstage events and to place in context a down-to-the-wire
donnybrook fought against the background of an erupting Cold War,
the Berlin Airlift, and the birth of Israel, a post-war America facing
exploding storms over civil rights, and domestic communism.

It’s a war for the soul of the Democratic Party with accidental
president Harry Truman pitted against his embittered left-wing
predecessor as vice president, Henry Wallace, and stormy young
South Carolina segregationist Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond. On the
GOP side, it’s a four-way battle between cold-as-ice New Yorker
Tom Dewey, Minnesota upstart Harold Stassen, the stodgy but
brilliant Ohio conservative Robert Taft, and the imperious but aged
Douglas MacArthur.
But Americans really want “none of the above.” They do, however,
“like IKE,” but Dwight Eisenhower stubbornly resists draft
movements in both parties to run—at least, that year.

It’s an election year featuring a uniquely stellar supporting cast. Alger
Hiss, Whitaker Chambers and Richard Nixon. Civil rights crusader
Hubert Humphrey. GOP VP choice Earl Warren. Henry Wallace
activists Paul Robeson, Lillian Hellman, and Pete Seeger. A passel of
FDR kin—including Eleanor—disgusted with HST. Wisconsin’s Joe
McCarthy, Clark Clifford, William O. Douglas, George C. Marshall,
John Foster Dulles, Adlai Stevenson, Drew Pearson, “Landslide
Lyndon” Johnson, H. L. Mencken, Harold Ickes, Clare and Henry
Luce, the “Do-Nothing” 80th Congress, Curtis LeMay, Ronald
Reagan, and, last, but not least, NBC’s forever embarrassed H. V.

David Pietrusza achieves for 1948’s presidential race what he
previously did in
1960: LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon—of which Library
(starred review) said “raises the bar with his winning and
provocative chronicle. . . . Highly recommended." Pietrusza again
brings history to life, spellbinding readers with tales of the highest
drama while simultaneously presenting the issues, personalities, and
controversies of this pivotal era with laser-like clarity.

With 2012’s crucial presidential election approaching, 1948
transforms the way readers see modern American history.

Just a taste of what’s inside David Pietrusza’s riveting
1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year that
Transformed America

  • Vitriolic Westbrook Pegler’s exposé of Henry Wallace’s
    secret “Guru” letters.
  • Why the NAACP fired 80-old civil rights pioneer W. E. B.
  • Why a disgusted Nina Warren voted for HST—and against
    Tom Dewey and her own husband Earl.
  • How A. Philip Randolph’s threatened “March on Washington”
    integrated the army.
  • J. Strom Thurmond: Segregationist white knight—with an
    illegitimate black daughter.
  • The ground-breaking Oregon radio debate that settled a
    presidential nomination.
  • How “Bull” Connor arrested Henry Wallace’s running mate—
    and nearly arrested Wallace himself.
  • The Case of the Missing President: HST’s election night
    vanishing act.


"In '1948' David Pietrusza brings to light some of the forgotten but
important figures in American political history. There’s Glen Taylor,
the singing senator from Idaho and running mate of Henry Wallace on
perhaps the most left-wing national ticket of the past century.
Mississippi Fielding Wright also makes a memorable appearance as
understudy for segregationist South Carolina Gov. Strom Thurmond,
a reminder of just how solid the South was for Democrats at one
time. 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.
Though Dewey lost, readers will come to see him as a surprisingly
civil libertarian-minded candidate, opposing the banning of the
Communist Party, despite its promotion of a noxious ideology."
                David Mark, Senior Editor, POLITICO


David Pietrusza is the author of 1960—LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon:
The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies
; 1920: The
Year of the Six Presidents
; Rothstein: The Life, Times and
Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World
; Silent Cal's Almanack: The Homespun Wit & Wisdom of
Vermont's Calvin Coolidge
, and the award-winning Judge and
Jury: The Life and Times of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis

His body of historical work has garnered media attention from such
outlets as
The New York Times, Newsweek, US News & World
, the Washington Post, NPR, C-SPAN BookTV, C-
SPAN American History TV, MSNBC, SiriusXM, The Fox News
Channel, Bloomberg Radio, the
New York Daily News, The New
York Post
, the Jerusalem Post, The New York Law Journal, The
New York Sun
, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Denver Post,
Weekly Standard, the Washington Times, The Seattle Times,
The Raleigh News & Observer, the Louisville Courier-Journal,
Long Island Business Press, and the Tucson Sun.

Pietrusza is the Recipient of the
2011 Excellence in Arts & Letters
Award of the Alumni Association of the University at Albany.
David Pietrusza discusses
U. S. Senator Marco Rubio on CBS's "Sunday
Morning," with "1948" enjoying a pride of place
on his reading list.
David Pietrusza discussing "1948"
David Pietrusza
Says Tom Brokaw: “If you think [2012] is wild, this is really
wild—Harry Truman and Henry Wallace and Strom
Thurmond and Tom Dewey.”

Kirkus Reviews: “a coherent, compelling narrative . . .
What the reader learns here is that the long-term veneer that
often sticks to political figures always clouds the reality. And
understanding what actually transpired is not only more
important, but also far more intriguing. A skillful, authoritative
investigation into one of the most famous presidential elections
in U.S. history.”

Library Journal: “sweeping  . . . compelling”

Senator Mitch McConnell: “David Pietrusza has
written a vivid account of President Truman’s unlikely
comeback and ultimate victory in the presidential election of
1948. Anyone with an interest in modern American politics or
campaign strategy will find many lessons and much enjoyment
in this important book.”

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “an outstanding job
of describing the complicated political climate of 1948 . . . by
far the best yet about the fateful [1948] election.”

Says John Gizzi in
Human Events: “Pietrusza breaths fresh
life into “1948’ . . . fresh insight and information . . . history
that packs the wallops of today.”

The Washington Times: “brimming with fresh and
detailed information . . . contains more human-interest
subplots than a Shakespeare play. It reads like a movie
thriller waiting to be filmed . . . ‘1948’ is scholarly history,
entertaining drama and just a fun read—not only for political

Roll Call: “‘1948’ is the author’s third campaign book
and, by a healthy stretch, the best of the lot. . . . a treasure
trove of historical minutiae.”

Jonathan Hunt of Fox News: “I have it on my
bookshelf. I recommend you go out and get it and the rest of
David's great books."

Glenn Beck: “an amazing, amazing book—really, really
good—well written and full of stuff you're just not taught. . . .
Fascinating . . . Pick it up now.”

John Rothmann, KGO (San Francisco): “A great
book about American politics . . . a must-read”

David Mark, Sr. Editor, POLITICO: "brilliantly
portrays ...Truman’s successful efforts"

Ron Faucheaux, editor-in-chief, Campaigns &
magazine: "A terrific book . . . a must read.”
Says legendary political strategist Roger Stone: “A

Says best-selling author
Robert Spencer: “magnificent,
entertaining and informative.”

Congressman Artur Davis (D-AL): “a worthy
successor to “1920: The Year of the Six Presidents,” a
superb recounting of a largely forgotten political season, and
“1960: JFK v. LBJ v. Nixon,” which manages to shed fresh
details on that year’s epic. Pietrusza opts for the brisk
narrative/character sketch (think “The Making of the
President,” but with no pretense of grandeur), over the minute
retelling of every seminal event that weighs down Edmund
Morris’ series on Teddy Roosevelt or John Milton Cooper’s
well regarded 2008 biography of Woodrow Wilson. It is less
grand history than a jaunty, essayist’s rendition—imminently
readable and revealing.”

The Albany Times-Union: “lively . . . illuminating
portraits of the four candidates, but the even-handed
appraisal of Truman is especially compelling. . . . The account
of the whistle-stop tour is gripping.”

usahistorybooks.com: “1948 is a grand slam! . . .
easily the most thorough and complete about that watershed
election. . . . I’ve given this book a five star rating; it actually
deserves a rating of eight or nine on a five . . . Pietrusza tells
this story of great historical interest in an eminently readable
form that borders on the style of an erudite gossip columnist.
It is both informative and fun to read at the same time. . . . the
insight into the social and cultural ethos of the day is at times

David R. Stokes, townhall.com: “masterful . . .
compelling portraits of the people who then occupied the
country’s political stage.”

The Bonney Lake-Sumner (WA) Courier-Herald:
“well documented . . . fun to read.”

Howard Megdal, Editor-in-Chief, The Perpetual
: “Any political junkie would be crazy not to pick up a
copy of David Pietrusza’s 1948 . . .”

Akie Bermiss, The Perpetual Post: “Well informed,
well-written, and thorough.”

The Long Island Business Press: “a fine narrative on
how the accidental president outfoxed the political
establishment and won a stunning upset victory.”

Larry Allison of The Vernucchio/Allison Report
(WVOX, New Rochelle, NY): "the greatest piece of
presidential history I know"

Michael Koolidge, The Michael Koolidge Show:
“absolutely fascinating . . . another fascinating look at an
absolutely fascinating election”

Mandy Connell, WHAS-AM, Louisville, KY:
“pertinent to today”

The Missoula (MT) Missoulian: “a stirring, detailed
retelling of that year’s fabled campaign and its stunning
outcome. . . . places the campaign into the broader setting of
a world in turmoil . . .”