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Harry Truman: From Farmer to President

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Harry Truman: From Farmer to President

In the last few decades, more and more people are going to college to further their education. It's hard to become a scientist, a professor, or a businessperson without getting some sort of college degree but college isn't always necessary to achieve success. Some people are ready to enter the workforce right after high school.

Harry Truman was one of these people. The 33rd President of the United States ...

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Overview

Harry Truman: From Farmer to President

In the last few decades, more and more people are going to college to further their education. It's hard to become a scientist, a professor, or a businessperson without getting some sort of college degree but college isn't always necessary to achieve success. Some people are ready to enter the workforce right after high school.

Harry Truman was one of these people. The 33rd President of the United States fought in World War I and then returned home to begin a career in business. Truman then became a judge, U.S. Senator, Vice President, and then President of the United States. From 1945 to 1953, Truman led the most powerful nation on Earth. And what's most amazing about his story is that Truman did it all without a college degree!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
This biography of the 33rd President of the United States is part of the 13-volume series, "Extraordinary Success with A High School Diploma," and shows how an individual can achieve success without a college degree. A contents page defines the scope of the information. The introduction explains how it is hard to find a job without a college degree, but not impossible as the individuals in this series show. The five chapters cover "The Beginnings of a President" through "Harry's Legacy." Black-and-white and color illustrations supplement the text. The book follows Truman's career from his military service in World War I, a career in business, being a judge, a U.S. Senator, Vice-President, and finally President of the United States. A "What Can You Expect" section lists various jobs and the respective salaries for positions that do not require a college degree. "Find Out More" lists references for books and internet sources. The index provides easy navigation through the text. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Each title begins with the same introduction explaining that it isn't necessary to have a college degree to be an achiever; motivation, hard work, and a dream are enough. Then subsequent chapters follow their subjects from their early to present lives (or deaths), without avoiding the darker facts. What isn't stressed is that most of these individuals did attend college for some time and/or were trained in their fields. Further complicating the point, each book ends with a chart of the highest-paying jobs that don't require a college career, but the authors don't mention that various positions require specialized training. Chapters begin with valuable "Words to Know" sections, but the layout is text-heavy and uninviting. These titles are poorly written and, at times, inaccurate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422224823
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,396,851
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.49 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 The Beginnings of a President 9

Chapter 2 Early Ambitions in the Political World 19

Chapter 3 The Presidency 29

Chapter 4 Retirement 47

Chapter 5 Harry's Legacy 53

What Can You Expect? 55

Find Out More 61

Index 63

Picture Credits 64

About the Author 64

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