Miss America, 1945: Bess Myerson's own story
Vivid, engrossing, startling--this sure-fire bestseller evokes America in the thirties and forties while telling a post-war Cinderella-like tale of the only Jewish Miss America and her encounter with the prize and prejudice. 40 photographs.
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The Title and the Moment
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