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Truman Way
     

Truman Way

by Jeffrey Brandon Morris
 
In 'The Truman Way, ' Morris examines the tremendous obstacles facing Harry S. Truman as he became president, filling the enormous shoes left by Franklin D. Roosevelt, ending World War II, and dealing with the rise of Communism. Yet Truman went on to lead the country for almost two terms. His critical decisions helped shape the modern world.

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In 'The Truman Way, ' Morris examines the tremendous obstacles facing Harry S. Truman as he became president, filling the enormous shoes left by Franklin D. Roosevelt, ending World War II, and dealing with the rise of Communism. Yet Truman went on to lead the country for almost two terms. His critical decisions helped shape the modern world.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
This thought-provoking addition to the "Great Presidential Decisions" series, which included similar books about Washington, Jefferson and others, focuses on six important decisions made by Truman during his presidency. The six decisions are: dropping the atomic bomb, containing the Soviet Union, helping to rebuild Europe, fighting for Civil Rights, the Korean War and firing MacArthur. There are also several chapters giving background information on Truman's life and character and the state of the world. Two final chapters discuss his other accomplishments and sum up his later years and general performance as president. While mostly praising Truman's decisions and character, the author does not hesitate to point out some of his weaknesses and mistakes. There are many interesting colored and black and white photos and drawings. An index and maps are included.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-A well-written and interesting look at Truman. The book is divided into two sections, one of which provides biographical information and historical background on his presidency, and another that describes in some detail the major decisions he made during his years in office. Although Morris's admiration of his subject is clear, he does tell readers about some of the man's failings, such as his reluctance to drop corrupt friends and his adoption of anti-communist loyalty tests for government workers. This title is in a category by itself, falling between traditional biographies such as David Collins's Harry S. Truman (Garrett, 1988), and books that concentrate only on presidential actions, e.g., Nathan Aaseng's You Are the President (Oliver, 1994). The layout is attractive, featuring wide margins; well-chosen black-and-white and full-color photographs; and numerous brightly colored, detailed maps. A major weakness, however, is the absence of documentation. Nevertheless, interest in Truman has been rising and the book's format ensures that it will be used for reports.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822529279
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Series:
Great Presidential Decisions Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.31(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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