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Truman

Author : David McCullough
ISBN : 9780743260299
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War, told by America’s beloved and distinguished historian. The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters—Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Wallace Truman, George Marshall, Joe McCarthy, and Dean Acheson—and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man—a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined—but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges. The last president to serve as a living link between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, Truman’s story spans the raw world of the Missouri frontier, World War I, the powerful Pendergast machine of Kansas City, the legendary Whistle-Stop Campaign of 1948, and the decisions to drop the atomic bomb, confront Stalin at Potsdam, send troops to Korea, and fire General MacArthur. Drawing on newly discovered archival material and extensive interviews with Truman’s own family, friends, and Washington colleagues, McCullough tells the deeply moving story of the seemingly ordinary “man from Missouri” who was perhaps the most courageous president in our history.

Truman

Author : David McCullough
ISBN : 9780671456542
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this riveting biography, David McCullough captures Harry S. Truman and the turbulent, historically significant times during which he served.

Harry S Truman

Author : Robert Dallek
ISBN : 9781429998109
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.

Off The Record

Author : Harry S. Truman
ISBN : 0826211194
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Gathered for the first time, Truman's private papers--diaries, letters, and memoranda--cover the period from his occupancy of the White House in 1945 to shortly before his death in 1972. Students and scholars will find valuable material on major events of the Truman years, from the Potsdam Conference to the Korean War.

Harry Truman And Civil Rights

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ISBN : 0809388960
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Harry S Truman And The Founding Of Israel

Author : Michael T. Benson
ISBN : 0275958078
Genre : History
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Harry S. Truman sensed something profound and meaningful in the Jewish restoration to Palestine, something which transcended other considerations. As the president recorded in his Memoirs, the Palestine question was "a basic human problem." In the end, Truman was willing to go against the current of his most trusted foreign policy advisers, who were absolutely opposed to the establishment of a Jewish state in the Middle East. These advisers argued that however humanitarian a Jewish homeland might seem, such a proposition posed a real risk to American interests in the Near East and to United States national security in the late 1940s. Despite their continued opposition, Truman stood his ground and maintained that he would decide the entire issue based on what he thought was right. Of interest to historians, and students of Israel and of the U.S. presidency.

Harry S Truman

Author : Robert H. Ferrell
ISBN : 9780826210500
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Biography of president Harry S. Truman, discussing his life, political career, and presidency.

Knocking Down Barriers

Author : Truman K. Gibson, Jr.
ISBN : 9780810122925
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"In Knocking Down Barriers, Truman K. Gibson Jr. chronicles a life spent at the center of the struggle for racial justice. More than sixty years ago, Gibson reported for duty to a civilian post in the War Department created to represent the interests of African American soldiers. He had no illusions about the prospects of these servicemen, yet as a Chicagoan who'd immersed himself in the vibrant African American culture of prewar America, he was disheartened by Jim Crow's powerful grip on Washington and the military establishment. Through two presidential administrations, Gibson played a major role in the campaign that eventually ended segregation in the armed forces." "Gibson began his career as a member of the legal team that won a significant U.S. Supreme Court victory against restrictive covenants, which forbade the sale of real estate to minorities. Around the same time, the savvy young litigator was chosen to organize Chicago's black world's fair of 1940, for which he brought together Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Horace Cayton, and Paul Robeson. His friendship and business collaboration with Joe Louis led to an unexpected career as a boxing promoter in the 1950s, an enterprise that challenged white control of professional sports by creating an empire that made television history." "Knocking Down Barriers is an insider's account of key events in civil rights and black culture and stands as a reminder that today's successes are due in no small part to Gibson's work years ago." --Book Jacket.

Truman Capote

Author : Truman Capote
ISBN : 0878052755
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Interviews with Capote cover his writing methods, his observations on the wealthy, his outlook on life, and his feelings about the writers who influenced his work

Harry S Truman And The Cold War Revisionists

Author : Robert H. Ferrell
ISBN : 0826265200
Genre : History
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The idea of revising what is known of the past constitutes an essential procedure in historical scholarship, but revisionists are often hasty and argumentative in their judgments. Such, argues Robert H. Ferrell, has been the case with assessments of the presidency of Harry S. Truman, who was targeted by historians and political scientists in the 1960s and ’70s for numerous failings in both domestic and foreign policy, including launching the cold war—perceptions that persist to the present day. Widely acknowledged as today’s foremost Truman scholar, Ferrell turns the tables on the revisionists in this collection of classic essays. He goes below the surface appearances of history to examine how situations actually developed and how Truman performed sensibly—even courageously—in the face of unforeseen crises. While some revisionists see Truman as consumed by a blind hatred of the Soviet Union and adopting an unrestrainedly militant stance, Ferrell convincingly shows that Truman wished to get along with the Soviets and was often bewildered by their actions. He interprets policies such as the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and support for NATO as prudent responses to perceived threats and credits the Truman administration for the ways in which it dealt with unprecedented problems. What emerges most vividly from Ferrell’s essays is a sense of how weak a hand the United States held from 1945 to1950, with its conventional forces depleted by the return of veterans to civil pursuits after the war and with its capacity for delivery of nuclear weapons in a sorry state. He shows that Truman regarded the atomic bomb as a weapon of last resort, not an instrument of policy, and that he took America into a war in Korea for the good of the United States and its allies. Although Truman has been vindicated on many of these issues, there still remains a lingering controversy over the use of atomic weapons in Japan—a decision that Ferrell argues is understandable in light of what Truman faced at the start of his presidency. Ferrell argues that the revisionists who attacked Truman understood neither the times nor the man—one of the most clearheaded, farsighted presidents ever to occupy the Oval Office. Harry S. Truman and the Cold War Revisionists shows us that Truman’s was indeed a remarkable presidency, as it cautions historians against too quickly appraising the very recent past.

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