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Thomas E. Dewey and His Times
Thomas E. Dewey and His Times
By Richard Norton Smith
Simon & Schuster, 1982, 703 pp

A deeply researched and readable biography of this century's closest might-have-been President. The material on Dewey's career as a crime fighter is fascinating, the account of his governorship admiring, and the analysis of his defeat in 1948 by Truman and by his own reticence is clear. The overall portrait shows a man of integrity, almost compulsive competence, and considerable insight into himself and others. He would have been a good President.