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Truman
David G. McCullough
0671869205
June 1993
Paperback
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Book Review
This warm biography of Harry Truman is both an historical evaluation of his presidency and a paean to the man's rock-solid American values. Truman was a compromise candidate for vice president, almost an accidental president after Roosevelt's death 12 weeks into his second term. Truman's stunning come-from-behind victory in the 1948 election showed how his personal qualities of integrity and straightforwardness were appreciated by ordinary Americans, perhaps, as McCullough notes, because he was one himself. His presidency was dominated by enormously controversial issues: he dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, established anti-Communism as the bedrock of American foreign policy, and sent U.S. troops into the Korean War. In this winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, McCullough argues that history has validated most of Truman's...


Truman's Crises
Harold Foote Gosnell
0313212732
Mar 1980
Hardcover
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Review
“Gosnell has provided a much-needed general scholarly study of Truman's entire political career....Based on manuscript collections and other primary sources, this is thoroughly researched and contains an excellent bibliography....recommended for academic and large public libraries.”–Library Journal

From the Publisher
Gosnell has provided a much-needed general scholarly study of Truman's entire political career....Based on manuscript collections and other primary sources, this is thoroughly researched and contains an excellent bibliography....recommended for academic and large public libraries.


Truman
David G. McCullough
0671456547
June 1992
Hardcover
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Book Review
This warm biography of Harry Truman is both an historical evaluation of his presidency and a paean to the man's rock-solid American values. Truman was a compromise candidate for vice president, almost an accidental president after Roosevelt's death 12 weeks into his second term. Truman's stunning come-from-behind victory in the 1948 election showed how his personal qualities of integrity and straightforwardness were appreciated by ordinary Americans, perhaps, as McCullough notes, because he was one himself. His presidency was dominated by enormously controversial issues: he dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, established anti-Communism as the bedrock of American foreign policy, and sent U.S. troops into the Korean War. In this winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, McCullough argues that history has validated most of Truman's...


American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman--and the Shoot-out That Stopped It
Stephen Hunter
0743260686
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, nearly assassinated President Harry Truman. If this historical fact surprises you, you're not alone. American Gunfight, a new account by suspense novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Stephen Hunter and journalist John Bainbridge Jr., examines this largely forgotten episode in meticulous detail, including the conspiracy surrounding it and the misconceptions associated with the would-be assassins. As the book makes clear, it's remarkable that these two men even came close to succeeding, given the disorganized nature of the plot. Intending to attack the president at the White House, they only learned in passing from a cab driver that it was being renovated and that Truman was in fact living at the nearby Blair House. When they...


Truman
David McCullough
0743508068
May 2001
Compact Disc
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Book Review
This warm biography of Harry Truman is both an historical evaluation of his presidency and a paean to the man's rock-solid American values. Truman was a compromise candidate for vice president, almost an accidental president after Roosevelt's death 12 weeks into his second term. Truman's stunning come-from-behind victory in the 1948 election showed how his personal qualities of integrity and straightforwardness were appreciated by ordinary Americans, perhaps, as McCullough notes, because he was one himself. His presidency was dominated by enormously controversial issues: he dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, established anti-Communism as the bedrock of American foreign policy, and sent U.S. troops into the Korean War. In this winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, McCullough argues that history has validated most of Truman's...


Truman
David G. McCullough
0671798871
December 1992
Audio
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Book Review
This warm biography of Harry Truman is both an historical evaluation of his presidency and a paean to the man's rock-solid American values. Truman was a compromise candidate for vice president, almost an accidental president after Roosevelt's death 12 weeks into his second term. Truman's stunning come-from-behind victory in the 1948 election showed how his personal qualities of integrity and straightforwardness were appreciated by ordinary Americans, perhaps, as McCullough notes, because he was one himself. His presidency was dominated by enormously controversial issues: he dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, established anti-Communism as the bedrock of American foreign policy, and sent U.S. troops into the Korean War. In this winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, McCullough argues that history has validated most of Truman's...


White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson
William Edward Edward Leuchtenburg
0807130796
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The fraught relationship between liberal Democrats and the South is the central dynamic of 20th-century American politics, and this engrossing study does it full justice. Bancroft and Francis Parkman Award–winning historian Leuchtenberg (Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal) profiles three presidential pillars of the New Deal and Great Society. The Northern patrician Roosevelt's part-time residency in Warm Springs, Ga., endeared him to Southern voters and gave him a vantage point into Southern poverty that influenced his New Deal programs. Truman, though steeped in Missouri's cult of Confederate nostalgia, overcame personal prejudice to champion civil rights initiatives. And Johnson cannily deployed his Southernness to win passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act. Their policies, he observes, carried...


Unplanned Life: A Memoir
George McKee Elsey
0826216226
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
"An Unplanned Life" is the scintillating memoir of George Elsey, a small-town kid from western Pennsylvania who, at age twenty-four, was assigned to Franklin Roosevelt's top-secret intelligence and communications center in the White House. As an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Elsey helped brief the president and his senior associates on war events. He and his map room colleagues acted as the secretariat for Roosevelt's cabled exchanges with Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Chiang Kai-shek; filed records of "summit conferences"; and stored in safes plans for future operations. Elsey's duties continued with Harry Truman's succession to the presidency. In 1947, he shed his Naval Reserve uniform and joined the White House's civilian staff as assistant to the special counsel to the president. In 1949, he became...


Plain Speaking (Common Reader Classic Bestseller Series)
Merle Miller
1579124372
January 2005
Hardcover
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Harry Truman
Michael Foley
0791075966
January 2004
Library Binding
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10-Foley opens with a biographical chapter examining his subject's successes and failures before concluding that Truman was a "hardworking, dedicated, decent American." He then looks at the enormity of the challenges the nation faced upon Roosevelt's death, and provides chapter-long discussions of Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb, his difficulties in managing the conversion to a peacetime economy, his 1948 election triumph, his Fair Deal proposals, and the rise of McCarthyism. The treatment is objective, admiring the president's honesty and industriousness, but also pointing out his inadequate preparation for the office and the missteps and gaffes that affected his popularity with the American electorate. Average-quality, black-and-white photos and quotes from Truman supplement the text, and...


Harry S. Truman: Thirty-Third President of the United States
George E. Stanley
0689862474
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily read by children of eight and up -- today's youngster is swept right into history.

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