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The Resource Harry S. Truman, Robert Dallek

Harry S. Truman, Robert Dallek

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Harry S. Truman
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Harry S. Truman
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Robert Dallek
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eng
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Review
  • Noted presidential biographer Dallek (An Unfinished Life ) turns his skilled pen to the man from Independence. In brisk prose and with the confidence of his vast knowledge of the era, Dallek interprets the life of the simple man who, having unexpectedly and with little experience assumed the presidency when FDR died, surprised everyone by so skillfully shouldering huge burdens. In his day, that meant ending the war with Japan (by authorizing the bombs that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki), ordering American troops to repel the invasion of Korea, firing Douglas MacArthur and facing down the Soviets. It also meant protecting the New Deal from erosion, dealing with striking labor and taking unprecedented steps to desegregate the government and armed forces. Just listing these achievements makes clear why Dallek, like other historians, places Truman high on the list of American presidents. Like so many other biographies in the splendid American Presidents series, Dallek's little book is now the best starting point for knowledge of Truman's life and for an astute assessment of his career. (Sept. 2) --Staff (Reviewed June 30, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 26, p171)
  • Concise biography of the 33rd Chief Executive by one of the nation's preeminent presidential historians.It is an odd irony of history that Truman, who during and immediately after his presidency was reviled as a mediocre and corrupt ward heeler, has been reevaluated as a man of principle and one of the great presidents of the 20th century. Dallek (Nixon and Kissinger, 2007, etc.) seems to agree in the introduction to this slim volume, which places the Missourian among the "great or near-great" presidents—a thesis the author ignores for the rest of the book, as Truman blunders his way through one crisis after another and is seemingly outmaneuvered at every turn. Perhaps Dallek can be forgiven, since this entry in the American Presidents series summarizes previous historians' work and is not intended to revise or add much to the scholarly discourse. Thus, we get Truman deciding to go into politics as a young man partially because it afforded him a steadier income than running a haberdashery. The most gripping part of the book occurs not in 1948, when Truman defeated Dewey in one of the greatest upsets in political history, but three years earlier, when Eleanor Roosevelt summoned him to the White House and handed him the reins of power after the death of her husband. Truman proved to be vastly unprepared for the job and quite unhappy in it. In the president's defense, Dallek points out that it was a tough assignment: The end of World War II rent huge holes in America's social fabric; the tenuous alliance with the Soviets was coming undone; demagogues were stirring up domestic fears of communist infiltration. The chief insight Dallek provides is showing how principle was tempered by political calculation as Truman navigated this new universe.A solid summary of Truman's life and presidency that is ultimately too cursory to provide much deep analysis or reading pleasure. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2008)
Biography type
individual biography
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275507
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DLC
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Dallek, Robert
Dewey number
  • 973.918092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
E814
LC item number
.D25 2008
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
Series statement
The American presidents
Series volume
33
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  • Truman, Harry S
  • Presidents
  • United States
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the 33rd President, 1945-1953
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Harry S. Truman, Robert Dallek
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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text
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  • txt
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708293
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 183 pages
Isbn
9780805069389
Lccn
2008010193
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780805069389
  • (OCoLC)213384916
Label
Harry S. Truman, Robert Dallek
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
708293
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 183 pages
Isbn
9780805069389
Lccn
2008010193
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805069389
  • (OCoLC)213384916

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