The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election

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In The Last Campaign, Zachary Karabell rescues the 1948 presidential campaign from the annals of political folklore ("Dewey Defeats Truman," the Chicago Tribune memorably and erroneously heralded), to give us a fresh look at perhaps the last time the American people could truly distinguish what the candidates stood for.

In 1948, Harry Truman, the feisty working-class Democratic incumbent was one of the most unpopular presidents the country had ever known. His Republican rival, the aloof Thomas Dewey, was widely thought to be a shoe-in. These two major party candidates were flanked on the far left by the Progressive Henry Wallace, and on the far right by white supremacist Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond. The Last Campaign exposes the fascinating story behind Truman’s legendary victory and turns a probing eye toward a by-gone era of political earnestness, when, for “the last time in this century, an entire spectrum of ideologies was represented,” a time before television fundamentally altered the political landscape.

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"Brings all four candidates to life skillfully recreating a tumultuous time...Vivid and entertaining."
-- New York Times Book Review

"The perfect antidote to this year's pale imitation of a political campaign."
-- Boston Globe

"Insightful and convincing."
-- San Francisco Chronicle

"Entertaining and elegantly wrought."
-- Newsday
        
"America's 1948 presidential campaign was one of the most exciting events of the century. At last it has found a chronicler who brings to his account of it the verve, the joy, the excitement, and the sense of surprise that until now have been missing. Zachary Karabell's The Last Campaign is a page-turner about a cliff-hanger."
-- David Fromkin

"A vivid account of a vanished time before TV. Reads like a thriller. Hard to put down. The time's long gone, but the comparisons help clarify where we are now: 1948 sheds light on 2000!"
-- Richard Neustadt, Harvard University

"Zachary Karabell has written a lively, suspenseful, and informative account of the fateful 1948 presidential campaign. Happily, in my view, it all turns out just as it did back then. Just as happily, Karabell reveals what happened behind the scenes, ever mindful of the election's significance for our own times."
-- Sean Wilentz, Princeton University

"Zachary Karabell has brought us an absorbing, intelligent and sometimes startling account of the outsized personalities and drama and the larger forces behind a legendary Presidential campaign."
-- Michael Beschloss

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Zachary Karabell was educated at Columbia and Oxford, and at Harvard, where he received his Ph.D. in American history in 1996. He is the author of What's College For? The Struggle to Define American Higher Education and Architects of Intervention: The United States, the Third World, and the Cold War, 1946-1962. He has taught at Harvard, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and Dartmouth. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, Boston Globe, The Nation, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Smithsonian Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor.
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