The plainspoken man from Missouri who never expected to be president yet rose to become one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century
In April 1945, after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the presidency fell to a former haberdasher and clubhouse politician from Independence, Missouri. Many believed he would be overmatched by the job, but Harry S. Truman would surprise them all.
Few chief executives have had so lasting an impact. Truman ushered America into the nuclear age, established the alliances and principles that would define the cold war and the national security state, started the nation on the road to civil rights, and won the most dramatic election of the twentieth centuryhis 1948 "whistlestop campaign" against Thomas E. Dewey.
Robert Dallek, the bestselling biographer of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, shows how this unassuming yet supremely confident man rose to the occasion. Truman clashed with Southerners over civil rights, with organized labor over the right to strike, and with General Douglas MacArthur over the conduct of the Korean War. He personified Thomas Jefferson's observation that the presidency is a "splendid misery," but it was during his tenure that the United States truly came of age.
|Publisher:||Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.|
|Series:||American Presidents Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Robert Dallek is the author of several bestselling presidential histories, including Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power; An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963; and the classic two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson, Lone Star Rising and Flawed Giant. He has taught at Columbia, Oxford, UCLA, Boston University, and Dartmouth, and has won the Bancroft Prize, among numerous other awards for scholarship and teaching. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This biography mainly focused on Truman's foreign obstacles such as the conflict in Israel and the war in Korea (not to say those weren't huge events in his Presidency) but I was hoping to get a better perspective on his challenges with getting the components of his "Fair Deal" through Congress. The book does however, focus on the problems at home when it came to the persecution of his administration being controlled by Communists agents and spys from his enemies. Another positive note was the author's attention to Truman's beginning as a small town politician to his rise as a United States Senator. Overall I'd give it a 4/5. Definitely worth reading.