Harry S. Truman by Robert Dallek, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. & Sean Wilentz
The American Presidents Series: The 33rd President, 1945-1953 (American Presidents (Times))

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The plainspoken man from Missouri who never expected to be president yet rose to become one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century

In April 1945, after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the presidency fell to a former haberdasher and clubhouse politician from Independence, Missouri. Many believed he would be overmatched by the job, but Harry S. Truman would surprise them all.

Few chief executives have had so lasting an impact. Truman ushered America into the nuclear age, established the alliances and principles that would define the cold war and the national security state, started the nation on the road to civil rights, and won the most dramatic election of the twentieth century--his 1948 "whistlestop campaign" against Thomas E. Dewey.

Robert Dallek, the bestselling biographer of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, shows how this unassuming yet supremely confident man rose to the occasion. Truman clashed with Southerners over civil rights, with organized labor over the right to strike, and with General Douglas MacArthur over the conduct of the Korean War. He personified Thomas Jefferson's observation that the presidency is a "splendid misery," but it was during his tenure that the United States truly came of age.


About Robert Dallek, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. & Sean Wilentz

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Robert Dallek is the author of Nixon and Kissinger, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, among other books. An elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians, for which he served as president from 2004 to 2005, Dallek lives in Washington, D.C.
Published September 2, 2008 by Times Books. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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It is an odd irony of history that Truman, who during and immediately after his presidency was reviled as a mediocre and corrupt ward heeler, has been reevaluated as a man of principle and one of the great presidents of the 20th century.

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Kennedy, as well as books on FDR's foreign policy and the Nixon - Kissinger relationship - brilliantly captures the life, times and achievements of this seemingly ill - equipped politician in Harry S.

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readers who want a more complete picture of Truman and his times could turn to David McCullough's 1992 biography, called simply "Truman."

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