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The Truman Presidency: The History of a Triumphant Succession
The Truman Presidency The History of a Triumphant Succession Author:Cabell Phillips This is the first full-scale and objective narrative of one of the most turbulent and significant epochs in the history of the American Presidency, seven and three-quarter years that profoundly affected the destiny of the United States and of the world. It is also one of the most heartening and surprising personal success stories in the annals o... more »f politics. From that day in April 1945 when the news of FDR's death shocked the nation, Harry Truman, the unprepossessing “little man from Missouri,” grew slowly and haltingly to become one of the “great” American Presidents.
No one could tell the whole inside story as competently as Cabell Phillips, who has been with The New York Times' Washington Bureau for more than twenty years, knew intimately many of the key people of the period, and had a trusted reporter's grasp of the behind-the-scenes realities of the Truman administration from its beginning to end.
The problems that confronted Truman were enormous, but with his rocklike character he faced up to them unflinchingly : through the Potsdam conference, the terrible decision to drop the atom bomb, the onset of the Cold War, the attempts of his own party to dump him in 1948, the grim campaign of that year and the glorious upset, the insubordinate MacArthur, and the insolent McCarthy. With at least three of his achievements —the Marshall Plan, NATO, and the Korean intervention—he set a course for the nation's foreign policy which endures to this day.
He was sentimental, stubborn, and often impetuous, but he was unwavering in his determination to what he thought was right, and he was temperamentally incapable of walking away from a fight. His mistakes, his flashes of temper, his corny humor, his blind loyalties, his unabashed affection for his mother, his wife and his daughter—all these blend with his stern sense of duty to make Harry Truman a warm and believable figure of history.
The Truman Presidency contains much material never published before drawn from diaries, documents, letters, and the recollections of men close to the President or high in government. It is a full story, highly readable and well documented, of a great President and a great Presidency.« less