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History recalls the iconic headline 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. Kaltenborn.

David Pietrusza achieves for 1948’s presidential race what he previously did in
1960: LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon—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

  • 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 Earl.
  • How A. Philip Randolph’s threatened “March on Washington” integrated the
  • J. Strom Thurmond: Segregationist white knight—with an illegitimate black
  • The ground-breaking Oregon radio debate that settled a presidential
  • 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
; 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
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,
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Denver Post, the Weekly Standard, the
Washington Times, The Seattle Times, 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.
U. S. Senator Marco Rubio on CBS's "Sunday Morning," with "1948" enjoying a pride
of place on his reading list.
David Pietrusza discusses
David Pietrusza discussing "1948"