1920: The Year of the Six Presidents

Rated as among the Five Best Books on Political Campaigns by The Wall Street Journal: “broad, fluid brush strokes . . . a brisk narrative”
Named by Richard Norton Smith on C-SPAN as one of his favorite presidential campaign books.

The presidential election of 1920 remains one of the most dramatic ever. For the only time in the nation’s history, six once-and-future presidents hoped to end up in the White House: Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Theodore Roosevelt.  
1920 marked the first election with women voting nationwide, the emergence of the Klan, and battles over the League of Nations and Prohibition. 1920’s census revealed that America had become an urban nation—limbering up for the most spectacular decade of its history, the Roaring ’20s. A riveting work presenting a dazzling panorama of presidential personalities, ambitions, plots, and counterplots—a picture of modern America at the crossroads.

1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies

The election that ultimately gave America “Camelot” and its tragic aftermath. 1960 is a stunning recreation of the bare-knuckle politics of the primaries, the party conventions’ backroom dealings, the unprecedented television debates, along with hot-button issues of race, religion, and foreign policy. And, at the center of it all, three future presidents—Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, and Richard Nixon.
In this essential work of history, David Pietrusza chronicles 1960’s struggle for power by bringing to life its towering events and personalities, unlocking its secrets, and turning expert scholarship into rich, human storytelling

Roosevelt Sweeps Nation: FDR's 1936 Landslide and the Triumph of the Liberal Ideal

“Who could spin an interesting tale out of an election in which one candidate gets 62 percent of the vote and carries all but two states? David Pietrusza, the author of some of the best campaign books ever written, renders FDR’s 1936 landslide over Alf Landon into a page turner with an operatic cast of characters. Like his volumes on 1920, 1932, 1948, and 1960, Pietrusza has produced another masterpiece.” –Author John Bicknell

From the acclaimed author of 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents and 1960: LJB vs JFK vs Nixon—The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies comes a dazzling panorama of presidential and political personalities, ambitions, plots, and counterplots; racism, anti-Semitism, anti-socialism, and anti-communism, and the landslide referendum on FDR’s New Deal policies in 1936’s presidential election.


1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America

Named by the Wall Street Journal as among “Five Best” Books on “Campaigns and Candidates”

The wild, combative inside story of the most stunning upset in the history of presidential elections: Harry Truman’s 1948 victory over Tom Dewey.

1948 unpacks the most ingloriously iconic headline in the history of presidential elections—DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN—to reveal the 1948 campaign’s backstage events and recount the down-to-the-wire brawl fought against the background of an erupting Cold War, the Berlin Airlift, the birth of Israel, and a post-war America facing exploding storms over civil rights and domestic communism.

1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR--Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny


Two Depression-battered nations anoint new leaders, hoping rescue themselves from starvation and hopelessness. America chooses the ebullient aristocrat Franklin Roosevelt over the failed Herbert Hoover.  Weimar Germany faces two rounds of bloody Reichstag elections and two presidential contests—doddering  Paul von Hindenburg against rising radical hate-monger Adolf Hitler. 

1932’s breathtaking narrative revealing haunting parallels to today. A tale of scapegoats and panaceas, class warfare and racial politics, of a seemingly bottomless depression, of massive unemployment, of Washington bonus marches and Berlin street fights, of once-solid financial empires collapsing overnight, of rapidly shifting social mores, and of mountains of debt threatening to crash the global economy.

A tale of  two nations inching to safety but lurching toward disaster—with lessons for today.


Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series


History remembers Arnold Rothstein as the man who fixed the 1919 World Series, an underworld genius. The real-life model for The Great Gatsby’s Meyer Wolfsheim and Nathan Detroit from Guys and Dolls, Rothstein was much more— and less—than a fixer of baseball games. He was everything that made 1920s Manhattan roar. Featuring Jazz Age Broadway with its thugs, speakeasies, showgirls, political movers and shakers, and stars of the Golden Age of Sports, this is a biography of the man who dominated an age. 

Arnold Rothstein was a loan shark, pool shark, bookmaker, thief, fence of stolen property, political fixer, Wall Street swindler, labor racketeer, rumrunner, and mastermind of the modern drug trade.  A vivid account of Rothstein’s life is also the story of con artists, crooked cops, politicians, gang lords, newsmen, speakeasy owners, gamblers and the like. Finally unraveling the mystery of Rothstein’s November 1928 murder in a Times Square hotel room, David Pietrusza has cemented The Big Bankroll’s place among the most influential and fascinating legendary American criminals. 

TR's Last War: Theodore Roosevelt, the Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy


A riveting account of Theodore Roosevelt’s impassioned crusade for military preparedness as America fitfully stumbles into World War I, spectacularly punctuated by his unique tongue-lashings of the vacillating Woodrow Wilson, his rousing advocacy of a masculine, pro-Allied “Americanism,” a death-defying compulsion for personal front-line combat, an awkward rapprochement with GOP power brokers—and, yes, perhaps, even another presidential campaign.

Roosevelt is a towering Greek god of war. But Greek gods begat Greek tragedies. His own entreaties to don the uniform are rebuffed, and he remains stateside. But his four sons fight “over there” with heartbreaking consequences: two are wounded; his youngest and most loved child dies in aerial combat. Yet, though grieving and weary, TR may yet surmount everything with one monumentally odds-defying last triumph. Poised at the very brink of a final return to the White House, death stills his indomitable spirit.

Judge and Jury: The Life and Times of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis


Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis is most famous for his role as the first Commissioner ever to rule organized baseball. But before he came into his legendary position as baseball’s final say, the colorful Landis already had built a reputation from his Chicago courtroom as the most popular and most controversial federal judge in World War I-era America. Judge and Jury, winner of the CASEY Award as best baseball book of the year, remains the only complete biography of Landis, from the origins of his unusual name through his trust-busting and wartime career as a federal judge, to his clean-up of the The National Pastime following the infamous Black Sox scandal, and the controversy surrounding his name concerning major league integration.

Too Long Ago: A Childhood Memory. A Vanished World.

Amazon New Releases Best Seller in: “Ethnic & National Biographies” & “Memoirs”

A witty and wise tale of growing up in the 1950s and 60s, Too Long Ago is no Leave It to Beaver or Father Knows Best episode. A unique glimpse into an unjustly ignored and forgotten immigrant experience—Eastern European and devoutly pre-Vatican II Catholic. A tale of a tight-knit Polish community, transplanted from tiny, impoverished Hapsburg-ruled villages to a hardscrabble, hardworking, hard-drinking Upstate New York mill town. How the first rust corroded the Rust Belt, sidetracking dreams but not hope.
A lively, often laugh-at-loud, saga of secrets and hard times, of insanity, of manslaughter and murder, of war and postwar, Depression and Recession, racetracks and religions, books and bar rooms, unforgettable personalities and vastly unpronounceable names, of characters and character, of homelessness, of immigration—first to America and then from Rust Belt to Sun Belt—of vices and virtues, and how a sickly, bookwormish boy who loved history and the presidents finally discovered a national pastime and made it his own.

Silent Cal's Almanack: The Homespun Wit and Wisdom of Vermont's Calvin Coolidge

The ultimate distillation of Calvin Coolidge’s political insight. A selection of Silent Cal’s most significant public speeches. A thought-provoking original biographical essay. A fascinating and unique 50-page portfolio of Coolidge photos, and editorial cartoons, and campaign memorabilia. And more!
“He wrote simply, innocently, artlessly,” H. L. Mencken once noted regarding Coolidge’s prose, “He forgot all the literary affectations and set down his ideas exactly as they came into his head. The result was a bald, but strangely appealing piece of writing–a composition of almost Lincolnian austerity and beauty. The true Vermonter was in every line of it.”

Calvin Coolidge on The Founders: Reflections on The American Revolution & The Founding Fathers

In these pages Silent Cal Coolidge focuses his famed terse eloquence on the nation’s founders, not merely on George Washington’s indispensable figure but also on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s fellow Virginia patriots, the Battles of Bunker Hill, Princeton, and Trenton, Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys, Boston’s Old North Church, Methodist Episcopal Bishop Francis Asbury, and the pivotal role Jewish Americans played in winning of our freedoms. 

No modern president has spoken so much-or so well-of America’s providential genesis. Coolidge turns mere history into a history lesson.

Calvin Coolidge: A Documentary Biography

Calvin Coolidge: A Documentary Biography reveals the “album version” of President Calvin Coolidge, featuring extended excerpts and, indeed, often the entire texts of major Coolidge addresses-as well as presenting a host of other illuminating documents, authored both by or about America’s vastly underrated thirtieth president. Calvin Coolidge: A Documentary Biography shines a searchlight on Silent Cal Coolidge’s world and worldview as no previous book ever has.

Dance Hall: A Novel of Sing Sing

A Brooklyn stickup artist, his taxi-dancing wife, a murderous newspaperman, a risk-taking warden, and a wife with a dark past converge in 1930s Sing Sing heading toward death, redemption—and Ebbets Field.

Dance Hall unveils a grand and riveting tale of a violent and desperate past, unforgettably narrated in a gripping, often wry, fashion—recorded in tears and punctuated in—rarely innocent—blood.

An unforgettable trip to a seedy, volatile 1930s underworld where love and honor and redemption jostle for mere survival with greed, lust, and betrayal.

Sursum Corda: Documents and Readings on the Traditional Latin Mass

A new generation of Catholics is discovering the beauty, reverence, appropriateness, and efficacy of the Tridentine Mass. The Traditional Latin Mass, as the saying goes, is “the Mass the martyrs died for.” It is also the Mass the faithful lived for and which gave life to them and to the Church itself. This small volume is designed to humbly guide readers in an appreciation of the Traditional Latin Mass’ beauties, coherence, logic, aesthetics, glories, and graces. Featuring the works of: The Council of Trent, Pius V, Pius X, Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, St. Charles Borromeo, Fr. Adrian Fortescue, Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman, Alfons Cardinal Stickle,r Dom Fernand Cabrol, Michael Davies, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, Bp. Athanasius Schneider, Fr. John T. Zuhlsdorf, Micheal S. Rose . . . and more.

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