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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Twice the man and president FDR ever was

This is a great biography of a great man and without question, one of the greatest presidents of all time, eclipsing even myth of FDR. The FDR myth will probably live for another 25 years, but Truman will outlast and outshine it because history eventually forgets polit...
This is a great biography of a great man and without question, one of the greatest presidents of all time, eclipsing even myth of FDR. The FDR myth will probably live for another 25 years, but Truman will outlast and outshine it because history eventually forgets political image and concentrates on facts. History confirms the humble nature of his beginnings and the fact that he never took himself too seriously. He inherited one of the most crisis driven periods in American history and essentially salvaged the mess that FDR had made of European Post War policies. Truman and a few other great Americans essentially saved Western Europe from going communist and prevented the enslavement of millions of people. This book tells the Truman story in great detail and includes Truman┬┐s mistakes as well as triumphs. It is wonderful to see someone tell the post WWII story truthfully. For people wanting to gain an understanding of the driving forces pushing America┬┐s involvement in world affairs after WWII, I would rate it an excellent source. One of the reasons why I rate this book so high is because the author went to the trouble to establish context for the decisions Truman made. We may not always agree with his choices, but we can understand the factors and/or the why that drove those choices. And, more often than not, he made the right ones under great pressure. The nation could certainly use a leader of his caliber at this juncture in history, but I doubt either party in this political climate would support such an individual.

posted by Anonymous on June 20, 2008

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4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Less for the Paperback Than the eBook???!?

So, wait - it's $12.94 for the paperback version of this book, but $14.99 for the eBook version??????!???!!! I guess I'll enjoy my new Nook Color for Angry Birds and check the book out at the library. Tsk, tsk - Barnes & Noble.

posted by BadKittenOnARampage on May 24, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2004

    All wrong about the decision to drop the bomb

    While much of the story of Truman's early life and struggles were interesting, this biography is not really good scholarship on the issue of dropping the bomb. The author seems to have just taken Truman's journal as his source and failed to include a detailed analysis of this momentous decision and the propaganda war waged to justify it (see 'The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb', Gar Alperovitz and other recent histories). It makes me wonder how accurate the rest is, since it was clear that this author intended to raise Truman to the highest ranks of our past presidents.

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