"This is a fun volume on an often overlooked presidential contest.... This book is worth it for the political junkie who wants to check the 1944 election off their list." —Karl Rove
"A fast-moving, blow-by-blow account of the often neglected wartime campaign that pitted Franklin Delano Roosevelt against Republican Thomas E. Dewey, with pollsters divided to the very end. For political junkies there is suspense, backroom dealing, and surprises about both presidential and vice-presidential nominations, as well as where the parties would stand on the future both at home and abroad. And while today we worry about partisan extremism, in 1944 a sitting commander-in-chief and his administration were accused not only of domestic corruption but of military blunders that cost American lives, all while leading the country toward communism or monarchy." —Roger Lane, author of Murder in America: A History
"[T]his book is informative, interesting (especially for the political history geek) and suspenseful in spite of the fact that we all know how the story is going to end." —bookish.livejournal.com
"David M. Jordan tells the story of the 1944 presidential election, and he tells it very well. In a clearly written, well-researched narrative he describes the various contenders for the Republican nomination, which eventually went to Thomas E. Dewey." —Journal of American History
"This book alone proves Jordan has what it takes to allow the reader to check out of present day and visit a time period like no other in history. I commend him for that because he allowed me to do so.
"Jordan provides a detailed account of the 'infighting and horse-trading' of this hard-fought, wartime campaign." —Survival
"David Jordan has produced a lucid, highly engrossing account of a fateful but little chronicled episode in American presidential politics. His narrative of the 1944 election campaign—written with savvy and encyclopedic range and featuring a large cast of personalities rendered in deft cameos—deserves a place alongside Theodore White's histories of how high and low character, fierce ambition, and dumb luck play their part in the nation’s choice of its chief executive." —Richard Kluger, Pulitzer Prize-winning social historian
"[Jordan's] writing style is superb. He has a sense of narrative cadence and a dramatic rhythm reminiscent of an earlier chronicler of presidential campaigns, Theodore White.... Jordan exudes a gift for characterization and an eye for a quotation." —Intl Social Science Review
"All presidential elections are important—and interesting. The 1944 election is no exception. It's a good story and Jordan tells it well." —Gary Donaldson, author of Truman Defeats Dewey
David M. Jordan is author of Roscoe Conkling of New York: Voice in the Senate; Winfield Scott Hancock: A Soldier's Life (IUP, 1988); "Happiness Is Not My Companion": The Life of General G. K. Warren (IUP, 2001); and Occasional Glory: A History of the Philadelphia Phillies.
I would recommend this book to those interested in American history or presidential history.
David Jordan has produced a book that is highly readable, very well researched, beautifully organized, and full of fascinating but little known facts.
Indeed, the drama of the 1948 election is so great that it vastly overshadows the 1944 presidential election in history.
This book was a real treat to read. In high school, I wrote a small research paper on the 1948 presidential election. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brian Wayne Wells
I do enjoy the genre of history that tells the story of particular election years and provides information about why they were so critical. Read morePublished 21 months ago by R. C Sheehy
I give 5 stars to this book! The book was packaged nicely and is mint. Mid Town Scholar Bookstore did agreat job.Published on January 24, 2013 by Joel B.
Jordan concludes his book reflecting "on a particularly nasty election campaign, caused,...,by...Republicans' lack of real issues (hence the...Communism emphasis)...."(p. Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Hugh Murray
I consider FDR one of the most important and fascinating people of the 20th century. Even though I have read a number of books about his life, I did not know that much about the... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Alabama reader
This book is not dead election history but living political drama. So much that is happening in this current election cycle occurred during the 1944 election as well. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by CKoza