Off the Record: The Private Papers of Harry S. Truman

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This book contains the private papers of Harry S. Truman, in and out of the White House, beginning in 1945 and ending in November 1971, when only a few months of life remained and the retired president's days had become so constricted that he ran out of things to write about. The Truman diary is frank, rambunctious, full of life, but no less full of a sense of duty at least equal to that of HST's nineteenth-century predecessors.
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This book contains the private papers of Harry S. Truman, in and out of the White House, beginning in 1945 and ending in November 1971, when only a few months of life remained and the retired president's days had become so constricted that he ran out of things to write about. The Truman diary is frank, rambunctious, full of life, but no less full of a sense of duty at least equal to that of HST's nineteenth-century predecessors.
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"Truman's private papers' include affectionate, humorous family correspondence, testy letters never sent, an off-and-on diary, and numerous complaints about the restrictions imposed by life in the great white prison."--Atlantic

"Gathered for the first time, Truman's private papers--diaries, letters, and memoranda--cover the period from his occupancy of the White House in 1945 to shortly before his death in 1972. Students and scholars will find valuable material on major events of the Truman years, from the Potsdam Conference to the Korean War." --Publishers Weekly

"This delightful book, composed of portions of Truman's diaries, letters and other private memoranda hitherto buried in the Truman Library, sharpens the portrait already imprinted in the mind's eye of his world and achievements."--New Leader

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060112813
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1980
  • Pages: 448

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 Five Days in October: The Lost Battalion of World War I, Collapse at Meuse-Argonne: The Failure of the Missouri-Kansas Division, and Meuse-Argonne Diary: A Divison Commander in World War I, all available from the University of Missouri Press. Ferrell resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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