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Harry S. Truman: The American Presidents Series: The 33rd President, 1945-1953

Harry S. Truman: The American Presidents Series: The 33rd President, 1945-1953

(Book #33 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: Harry S. Truman: The American Presidents Series: The 33rd President, 1945-1953

The plainspoken man from Missouri who never expected to be president yet rose to become one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century: Harry S. Truman.

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 century--his 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.

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PublisherTimes Books
Publication Date2008-09-02
EditionFirst Edition
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Weight lbs
Robert Dallek is an esteemed author and historian, specializing in U.S. Presidential history and politics. His work, deeply rooted in comprehensive research, presents a balanced yet incisive analysis of some of the most significant figures in American politics. Dallek's robust body of work and specialized expertise has firmly established him as a leading authority in his field. Born in 1934, Dallek holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. His distinguished academic career spans over six decades, having served as a professor at Columbia, UCLA, and Oxford. His keen insights and unique perspective have shaped a generation of historians and students alike. Dallek's most notable works include "An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963" and "Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life." The former won the 2004 Bancroft Prize and was a New York Times Best Seller, showcasing Dallek’s mastery of narrative history. His impactful and meticulously researched books, coupled with his profound teaching career, underline his significant contributions to historical literature and academia.

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