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The year was 1925. In a Manhattan office a very young lawyer, who had only recently abandoned his ambition to become an opera star, looked up from a brief he was studying and inquired of a colleague: "How do you get into politics?" On that day, at that hour, Thomas E. Dewey's campaign for the presidency began.

Early last week Tom Dewey found himself in Philadelphia for his most critical battle. He had already been beaten once before.* If he lost this time, he was through. He had no intention of losing....

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