Dewey Defeats Truman

Dewey Defeats Truman

by Thomas Mallon


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A masterful retelling of a legend and famous headline of modern American history—Harry Truman’s upset victory over Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election.

Set in Dewey’s hometown of Owosso, Michigan, this is the captivating story of a local love triangle that mirrors the national election contest. As the voters must decide between the candidates, so must Anne Macmurray choose between two suitors: an ardent United Auto Workers organizer and his polar opposite, a wealthy young Republican lawyer who’s running for the state senate. Weaving a tapestry of small-town secrets, the people of Owosso ready themselves for the fame that is bound to shower down upon them after Dewey’s “sure thing” victory. But as the novel—and history—move toward election night, we watch the townspeople, along with Anne and her suitors, have their fates rearranged in a climax filled with suspense, chagrin and unexpected joy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345805560
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.21(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Thomas Mallon is the author of eight novels, including Henry and Clara, Fellow Travelers, and Watergate. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and other publications.

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Dewey Defeats Truman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't let the Salon review posted on this site fool you. Thomas Mallon's DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN is an almost scientific study of the political mood of the United States in 1948. If politics is personal, the personal is also political, and Mallon is very deft at showing how people's fundamental beliefs affect their behavior. This book is very funny, largely because most of the characters are in complete denial about Truman's popularity. The theme of this book is overconfidence. It also strikes me that this is a work of psychological realism. Many readers won't be able to get past what might be perceived as SATURDAY EVENING POST dialogue: Think of Norman Rockwell in prose--but I saw, behind that, a study of people who use a formal type of speech which is now almost extinct. I feel quite sure people in the milieu described in this book would and did talk this way. I've certainly met a number of people who still do talk this way. Like Anne McMurray, one of the main characters, I once worked in a book store in a little Republican town. Mallon knows what he's writing about. It's an historically accurate, intense book. It touches on suicide and its aftermath (largely in reference to a bestseller of 1948, Ross Lockridge's RAINTREE COUNTY.) It deals with the paranoia gay people had to deal with in that era. It also brings to life, if you will, the atmosphere of death still lingering just after the carnage of World War Two. This book is a stunning recreation of an era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago