Autobiography of Harry S. Truman

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The Autobiography of Harry S. Truman is a compilation of autobiographical writings composed by Truman between 1934 and 1972. Taken directly from his own manuscript material, the volume presents the thoughts and feelings of the man himself. The book touches on details in Truman?s life from his days as a boy until graduation from Independence High School in 1901 to the vice presidency of the United States and beyond. There is also a memorandum written by Truman about the Pendergast machine in Kansas City telling ...

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Overview

The Autobiography of Harry S. Truman is a compilation of autobiographical writings composed by Truman between 1934 and 1972. Taken directly from his own manuscript material, the volume presents the thoughts and feelings of the man himself. The book touches on details in Truman’s life from his days as a boy until graduation from Independence High School in 1901 to the vice presidency of the United States and beyond. There is also a memorandum written by Truman about the Pendergast machine in Kansas City telling how it was possible to work with the machine and not be soiled by it. The Autobiography concludes with some of the retired president’s thoughts about politics and the purposes of public life.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I have been reading a book about me. . . . This book is supposed to be an educational one for young people. It contains more misstatements and false quotations than it contains facts and true statements from people purported to have been interviewed. . . . To save too many knowing spreaders of misinformation from going to hell on the present biography I guess I'll have to state the few interesting facts of my life without the introspective trimmings with which most so-called writers and half-baked essayists clutter up the printed page."—Harry S. Truman

"These accounts give one a flavor of the personality of the former President but refer more to his earlier life than his years in the White House. Perhaps most revealing is Truman's recollection of Boss' Tom Pendergast who was convicted of tax fraud. Although Pendergast was sentenced to prison at Leavenworth, Harry Truman remained a friend and in his own words never deserted him.' Truman the man' may be found in these writings and that in itself makes the collection worth reading."—Choice

"Good reading for those who want to think their way through the period again."—American Historical Review

"Mr. Ferrell provides illuminating summaries of the historical background and identities of people mentioned in the text. . . . An authentic Trumanesque version of the way he saw himself and the people he accepted or rejected. It has the characteristic flavor of a self-taught man proud of his interest and reading in history and biography, who stoutly defends the path he took."—Review of Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826214454
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Give 'EM Hell Harry Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 153
  • Sales rank: 1,424,926
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert H. Ferrell is Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Harry S. Truman: A Life, The Dying President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1944-1945, Choosing Truman: The Democratic Convention of 1944, and Truman and Pendergast, all available from the University of Missouri Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2002 Edition ix
Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xv
I Early Years 1
II Kansas City 15
III Back on the Farm 25
IV The First World War 39
V County Judge 53
VI Senator 65
VII My Relationship with T. J. Pendergast 79
VIII Nomination for Vice President 85
IX President of the United States 97
X Independence, Missouri 107
XI Random Thoughts in Retirement 113
Notes 123
Sources 139
Index 147
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