National Affairs: Briefing the Outs

One day in September 1944, a U.S. Army colonel walked into Presidential Candidate Thomas E. Dewey's temporary headquarters in Tulsa, Okla. and told James Hagerty, Dewey's press secretary, that he had to see the Republican candidate on an urgent matter. His mission was so urgent that he would not even tell who had sent him, although he agreed to write a name on a piece of paper and place it in a sealed envelope for Dewey's perusal. When Dewey ripped open the envelope, he read the name of General George Catlett Marshall, Army Chief of Staff.

Ushered in to Dewey, the...

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