Conflict and Crisis: The Presidency of Harry S. Truman, 1945-1948 / Edition 2

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Overview

“It was a quiet on the second floor. The vice-president walked solemnly into Mrs. Roosevelt’s sitting room, where she waited, grave and calm. With her was her daughter, Mrs. Anna Roosevelt Boettiger, her husband, Colonel John Boettiger, and Stephan Early. Truman knew at a glance that his premonition had been true. Mrs. Roosevelt came forward directly and put her arm on his shoulder.

‘Harry, the President is dead.’”

Robert J. Donovan’s Conflict and Interest presents a detailed account of Harry S. Truman’s presidency from 1945-1948.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Mr. Donovan has reached in every direction for helpful insights into the Truman character, and much of what he comes up with is presented for the first time from documents, memoirs and letters freshly available. Yet his scholarship is as unobtrusive as it is prodigious. His style is crisp and direct, much in Truman's own manner. Events of staggering complexity are set forth with a clarity and economy that make the obscure comprehensible by shunning pedantic irrelevancies."--New York Times

"Conflict and Crisis is an extraordinarily fine blend of journalistic technique and historical method. Mr. Donovan writes very well, and his story is based upon extensive research in the major primary sources as well as relevant printed material. He is thoroughly conversant with the work of academic historians and adds his reporter's gift for description and narrative. His judgments are consistently sound and balanced. This is the best and fullest account yet of Truman's first term."--Alonzo L. Hamby

"From his own incomparable observation post at the Truman White House, as well as from scholarly sources and newly opened records, Robert Donovan has fashioned a masterly account worthy of his subject: pungent, plain-spoken, unvarnished. A readable, fair-minded, solid account of a remarkable presidency."--James MacGregor Burns

"Fascinating. I have enjoyed reliving those years with Harry Truman, relearning things I knew before, learning a lot I never knew, and seeing it all with Donovan's guidance from the perspective of 1977."--James Tobin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826210661
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Give 'em Hell Harry Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,278,187
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly a newspaper journalist and senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Robert J. Donovan covered the White House during the Truman years for the New York Herald Tribune. He is also the author of several books, including Tumultuous Years: The Presidency of Harry S. Truman, 1949-1953 and Boxing the Kangaroo: A Reporter's Memoir (both with the University of Missouri Press).

The Give 'Em Hell Harry Series, edited by Robert H. Ferrell.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Call from the White House 3
2 Honeymoon for the "Missouri Gang" 15
3 Pro-New Deal: Anti-New Dealer 26
4 The Ominous Rift over Poland 34
5 "The Most Terrible Weapon" 45
6 V-E Day: Triumph and Trouble 51
7 Atomic Bomb: The Fateful Momentum 65
8 Truman, Stalin, Churchill 72
9 The Potsdam Conference 80
10 "Release When Ready" 90
11 Victory - and Then? 101
12 The Morass of Reconversion 107
13 "Peace Is Hell" 116
14 Truman and the Military 127
15 The Trumans at Home 146
16 The Hurley Affair: An Omen 149
17 The Beginning of the End for Byrnes 155
18 1946: A Disastrous Year Begins 163
19 Ickes Quits 177
20 Sharp Turn toward the Cold War 185
21 Building on Sand: The Baruch Plan 198
22 One Way to Handle a Rail Strike 208
23 The Firing of Henry Wallace 219
24 The Beefsteak Election of 1946 229
25 Showdown with John L. Lewis 239
26 The Unraveling of the Old Order 246
27 1947: The Eightieth Congress Convenes 257
28 China Mission Fails: Marshall Secretary of State 266
29 Crisis in Europe 275
30 The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan 279
31 The Misguided Loyalty Program 292
32 Taft-Hartley: Truman on the Offensive 299
33 CIA 305
34 Palestine 312
35 The Historic Civil Rights Report 332
36 Wallace Declares 338
37 A Stormy Beginning 347
38 Czechoslovakia and the Berlin Blockade 357
39 Truman and the State of Israel 369
40 The Liberals versus Truman 388
41 A President Comes Out Fighting 395
42 Whistle-Stop 417
43 Incredible Victory 432
Bibliographical Note 442
References 443
Index 461
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