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The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election

by Karabell, Zachary

  • ISBN: 9780375400865
  • ISBN10: 0375400869

The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election

by Karabell, Zachary

  • List Price: $27.50
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publish date: 01/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780375400865
  • ISBN10: 0375400869
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Description: It was the last presidential campaign in which Americans truly had an ideological choice, from the far right to the far left. And the winner, in nearly everyone's mind, would be the Republican standard-bearer, Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York. After 16 years of Democratic rule, Americans seemed tired of the party and, in particular, of the somewhat inept incumbent, Harry Truman. Furthermore, Truman's chances appeared doomed by the growing strength of Henry Wallace's left-wing Progressive Party and Strom Thurmond's right-wing States' Rights Party, both drawing upon traditional Democratic constituencies.

Karabell tells the fascinating story: how Dewey almost lost the GOP nomination to Harold Stassen; how the men around Truman developed a superb reelection plan; why the Wallace movement collapsed in the last weeks; how radio and print media -- as expensive then as television is today -- were used by the campaigns; why the polls were totally wrong; and how in the end Truman indulged in questionable political tactics -- and won the presidency.

The Last Campaign is political history at its most absorbing.

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