Truman

Truman

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by Thomas Fleming
     
 

World War II was roaring to a climax. Harry Truman was meeting with the speaker of the House of Representatives and his old friend Sam Rayburn when he was called to the White House: Franklin Roosevelt was dead. Truman was now faced with more problems and decisions than any other leader in American history.

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World War II was roaring to a climax. Harry Truman was meeting with the speaker of the House of Representatives and his old friend Sam Rayburn when he was called to the White House: Franklin Roosevelt was dead. Truman was now faced with more problems and decisions than any other leader in American history.

While American, British, and Russian armies were smashing into the heart of Nazi Germany and American troops were fighting a ferocious battle with the Japanese in the Pacific, Harry Truman took the oath of office, swearing to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Suddenly - in the middle of a global war - he had become president of the most powerful nation in the world.

Raised in Missouri, the son of a farmer, Truman was destined to make history. After distinguishing himself as an Army captain in World War I, Truman went on to become a judge, a senator, and the vice president before assuming the office of the thirty-third president of the United States. After a forceful victory in the war that raged almost five years, he then served the nation in the tumultuous years that followed: implementing the Marshall Plan, helping to create NATO, ordering the Berlin airlift, and courageously defending freedom in Korea.

New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Thomas Fleming, an intimate of Truman and his family, provides a rare glimpse into the life and spirit of a leader often ridiculed for his "just folks" style and modesty but who surprised his critics with his direct and tenacious decision making - and in the process became one of America's greatest presidents.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014471022
Publisher:
New Word City, Inc.
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Series:
The Thomas Fleming Library , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
191,341
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Thomas Fleming is one of the most distinguished and productive historians and novelists of our time. He has written more than twenty nonfiction books that have won prizes and praise from critics and fellow historians, many with a special focus on the American Revolution. He has also written twenty-three historical novels, many of them bestsellers.

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Truman 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truman is a great book about the life of Harry Truman. Truman isn’t one of the most flashy of presidents, but he did a great job leading this country through difficult times. The book is well researched and expertly written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of them, certainly. A straight talker (we could use more of those nowadays, couldn’t we?), Harry Truman was an extraordinary man, formed, in large measure, by his humble beginnings and the strength of the family members who came before him. I learned a lot from this book about Truman’s leadership in World War II and his courage in taking unpopular – but, ultimately, right – stands. A very satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moving Portrait of a Great President. The author, New York Times bestselling author Thomas Fleming, knew Truman and spent time with the President at his home. This book is well written and paints a human portrait of Truman, who, in my opinion, was one of our country's greatest presidents.
floridabeachrunner More than 1 year ago
I had never taken the time to learn anything about President Truman, but I saw the book, and decided I should learn more about the President who finished WWII. The book is well written, has nice tempo, and gives great detail about the man, and about his Presidency. His decisions ended the war, and helped establish the pathway for our world to recover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a waste.  Written on the level of a fourth grader.  The author has obviously lost his ability to be objective.  
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hdsumm More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of Harry Truman. I was one of his "Policemen" during the Korean War. This book is written at the 8th grade level and I was able to finish it in two readings. The author does not mention any of Harry's shortcommings. Also, he does not mention the trauma of the mind that he must have gone through in deciding to drop the Atomic Bomb.
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Very well done. Keeps one interest.