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In mid-April 1945, Harry S. Truman had just completed his 82nd day as Vice President when he was called to the White House and was abrumptly informed that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had died. This sudden ascension was not the first stunning turn in the life of this son of poor Missouri farmers. As revealed in this new life by biographer Aida Donald (Lion in the White House), Truman repeated faced disheartening setbacks in his quest for business and political success. Though dismissed by some at the time as an accidental president, he moved quickly to make decisive and controversial decision; not least of which was his order to use nuclear weapons against Japan. This readable biography covers the full trajectory of our 33rd president's life.