Harry S. Truman

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"Dewey Defeats Truman" proclaimed the faulty Chicago Tribune headline. For weeks leading up to the 1948 presidential election, newspapers, magazines, and the political experts had predicted that Harry S. Truman would lose. The experts were wrong. Truman won the election and proved that he deserved to be the President of the United States, an office which he had inherited after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. During his years as President, Truman worked to end World War II, helped to form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO),
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"Dewey Defeats Truman" proclaimed the faulty Chicago Tribune headline. For weeks leading up to the 1948 presidential election, newspapers, magazines, and the political experts had predicted that Harry S. Truman would lose. The experts were wrong. Truman won the election and proved that he deserved to be the President of the United States, an office which he had inherited after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. During his years as President, Truman worked to end World War II, helped to form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and led the fight to prevent the spread of communism throughout the world. He was also the first leader to recognize the nation of Israel. In Harry S. Truman, Revised Edition, author Michael A. Schuman explores the life and accomplishments of this remarkable man in this updated and revised book. Truman proved himself an honest man who was willing to hold to his beliefs even in the face of disapproval. He will always be known as one of our country's greatest Presidents.

Explores the life and political accomplishments of Harry S. Truman, including the Truman Doctrine and his decision to drop the atomic bomb.

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Gr 6-8This superficial biography of Truman begins with his 1948 electoral triumph, then covers his entire life in straightforward chronological order. Schuman discusses his subject's upbringing and private life as well as his many public-service achievements. He is admiring of Truman, rating him as one of our greatest presidents, but does criticize some of his early racial prejudices. This book is lively and interesting, but the author provides only limited background information and does not offer much detail about many of Truman's presidential actions and decisions. The most serious weakness, however, is that the narrative skips from topic to topic, and relatively minor events are given the same weight as major decisions and policies. Average quality, black-and-white photos and copies of source documents add little to the text. Jeffrey Morris's The Truman Way (Lerner, 1994), which offers introductory biographical information and then devotes an entire detailed chapter, complete with background information and analysis, to each of this president's major decisions, is a far better choice for general readers and researchers.Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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Workmanlike but involving, this well-organized and fact-rich biography in the United States Presidents series gives readers a balanced assessment of the 33rd President.

All the necessary information is included here: Truman's childhood, education, family, career choices, political achievements, and, notably, his presidency. Although it lasted less than two full terms, it included the decision to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the end of the war on both fronts, the Marshall Plan, the Truman Doctrine, the Tart-Hartley Act, the beginning of the Cold War, the McCarthy hearings, and the start of the Korean War. Schuman (Elie Wiesel, 1994, etc.) breaks no ground but covers the material reliably and readably. With few biographies of Truman available, this is an accessible, on-target entry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766020108
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: United States Presidents Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4
1 The Surprise of the Century 5
2 Mule Trader's Son 10
3 Farmer, Businessman, Soldier, Politician 21
4 A Cog in the Machine 33
5 The Moon, the Stars, and All the Planets 43
6 The President Who Could 53
7 A Warm Welcome and a Cold War 69
8 No Conversation So Sweet 83
9 Legacy 93
Chronology 101
Did You Know? 103
Chapter Notes 104
Further Reading and Internet Addresses 109
Places to Visit 110
Index 111
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2000

    U.S. President election 1948

    On the death (Apr. 12, 1945) of Roosevelt, Truman succeeded to the presidency. He assumed power at a very critical time. He was immediately confronted with the problems of concluding the war and preparing for the difficulties of international postwar readjustment. The war in Europe ended with Germany's unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945, and in July Truman attended the Potsdam Conference to discuss the postwar European settlement. To end the conflict with Japan, he authorized the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That action did bring the war to an immediate end, but the morality of it continues to be debated. First Term At home, inflation and demobilization were the chief worries of reconversion to a peacetime economy. Although Truman began quietly to eliminate the old New Dealers from the administration, his domestic policies were essentially a continuation of those of the New Deal. His program (later labeled the Fair Deal) called for guaranteed full employment, a permanent Fair Employment Practices Committee to end racial discrimination, an increased minimum wage and extended social security benefits, price and rent controls, public housing projects, and public health insurance. However, Congress, which was controlled by the Republicans after the 1946 elections, blocked most of these projects, while passing other legislation¿notably the Taft-Hartley Labor Act (1947)¿over Truman's veto.

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