Books on Harry S. Truman 33rd President of the United States

Books on Harry S. Truman 33rd President of the United States

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Title: Man of the people

Author(s): Alonzo L. Hamby
ISBN 13: 9780195124972
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Title: Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip

On June 19, 1953, Harry Truman got up early, packed the trunk of his Chrysler New Yorker, and did something no other former president has done before or since: he hit the road. No Secret Service protection. No traveling press. Just Harry and his childhood sweetheart Bess, off to visit old friends, take in a Broadway play, celebrate their wedding anniversary in the Big Apple, and blow a bit of the money he’d just received to write his memoirs. Hopefully incognito.

            In this lively history, author Matthew Algeo meticulously details how Truman’s plan to blend in went wonderfully awry. Fellow diners, bellhops, cabbies, squealing teenagers at a Future Homemakers of America convention, and one very by-the-book Pennsylvania state trooper all unknowingly conspired to blow his cover. Algeo revisits the Trumans’ route, staying at the same hotels and eating at the same diners, and takes readers on brief detours into topics such as the postwar American auto industry, McCarthyism, the nation’s highway system, and the decline of Main Street America. By the end of the 2,500-mile journey, you will have a new and heartfelt appreciation for America’s last citizen-president.

Author(s): Matthew Algeo
ISBN 13: 9781569767078
Pages: 288
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Title: Truman

The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters — Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Wallace Truman, George Marshall, Joe McCarthy, and Dean Acheson — and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man — a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined — but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges. The last president to serve as a living link between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, Truman's story spans the raw world of the Missouri frontier, World War I, the powerful Pendergast machine of Kansas City, the legendary Whistle-Stop Campaign of 1948, and the decisions to drop the atomic bomb, confront Stalin at Potsdam, send troops to Korea, and fire General MacArthur. Drawing on newly discovered archival material and extensive interviews with Truman's own family, friends, and Washington colleagues, McCullough tells the deeply moving story of the seemingly ordinary "man from Missouri" who was perhaps the most courageous president in our history.

Author(s): David McCullough
ISBN 13: 9780671869205
Pages: 1120
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Title: Harry Truman's Independence: The Center of the World

Even after leaving presidential office at a timewhen America was in its ascendance to globalpower, Harry Truman would callIndependence, Missouri, the “center of the world.” It was already a townrich in the history of westwardexploration and spiritual pilgrimage before he began sixty-four years of residence there, but the way it shaped Truman andwas, in turn, shaped by him has defined Independence’s legacy. That definingrelationship is explored here by Truman expert Jon Taylor as it never has beenbefore.

Author(s): Jon Taylor
ISBN 13: 9781609495961
Pages: 144
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Title: Autobiography of Harry S. Truman


The Autobiography of Harry S. Truman is a compilation of autobiographical writings composed by Truman between 1934 and 1972. Taken directly from his own manuscript material, the volume presents the thoughts and feelings of the man himself. The book touches on details in Truman’s life from his days as a boy until graduation from Independence High School in 1901 to the vice presidency of the United States and beyond. There is also a memorandum written by Truman about the Pendergast machine in Kansas City telling how it was possible to work with the machine and not be soiled by it. The Autobiography concludes with some of the retired president’s thoughts about politics and the purposes of public life.

ISBN 13: 9780826214454
Pages: 153
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Title: Thank You President Harry S. Truman

Thank You, President Harry S. Truman tells the compelling story of America’s 33rd President from his humble beginnings as a dirt farmer in Missouri to his rise in the U.S. Senate, on through to his election as Vice President and President of the United States. Overcoming adversity, physical challenges, and age limits, Truman found his way into the United States Army where as a Captain, he led troops in battle without losing a single man. The book focuses largely on Truman’s accomplishments, post war, most importantly his decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan once the United States had been engaged in World War II following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Author Rivera explores the difficulty of Truman’s decision, the alternate plan of invasion, the estimated cost in lives, for that invasion -both American and Japanese- and the ultimate decision to use the bomb. With a guest chapter by James Martin Davis, Rivera has woven a complex portrait of a great man faced with an unimaginable decision. Through narrative, storytelling, and historical detail, Rivera makes the case for Harry S. Truman as one of the foremost politicians of the 20th century and one of the greatest American Presidents of all time. Without Truman’s fortitude and courage, Rivera claims, many of us would not be here today. For that alone, we can all say, Thank You, President Harry S. Truman.
Author(s): Mr Roberto Rivera
ISBN 13: 9781501094019
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