David Pietrusza discussing "1948"
David Pietrusza discusses
U. S. Senator Marco Rubio on CBS's "Sunday
Morning," with "1948" enjoying a pride of place
on his reading list.
From David Pietrusza . .

Author of
"1920: The Year of
The Six Presidents"
David Pietrusza
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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. Kaltenborn.

David Pietrusza achieves for 1948’s presidential race what he previously did in
1960: LBJ vs JFK vs
—of which Library Journal (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. DuBois.
  • Why a disgusted Nina Warren voted for HST—and against Tom Dewey and her own husband
  • 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
; 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents; Rothstein: The Life, Times and Murder of the
Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series
; 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 Reports, 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
, the Weekly Standard, the Washington Times, The Seattle
, The Raleigh News & Observer, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the 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.