Author: David McCullough

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743260295

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1120

View: 8963

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War, told by America’s beloved and distinguished historian. 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.

Harry S. Truman and the News Media

Contentious Relations, Belated Respect

Author: Franklin D. Mitchell

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826211804

Category: History

Page: 277

View: 6532

Based upon extensive research in the papers of President Harry S. Truman and in several journalistic collections, Harry S. Truman and the News Media recounts the story of a once unpopular chief executive who overcame the censure of the news media to ultimately win both the public's and the press's affirmation of his personal and presidential greatness. Franklin D. Mitchell traces the major contours of journalism during the lifetime and presidency of Truman. Although newspapers and newsmagazines are given the most emphasis, reporters and columnists of the Washington news corps also figure prominently for their role in the president's news conferences and their continuing coverage of Truman and his family. Broadcast journalism's expanding coverage of the president is also explored through chapters dealing with radio and television. President Truman's advocacy of a liberal Fair Deal for all Americans and a prudent and visible role for the nation in world affairs drew fire from the anti-administration news media, particularly the publishing empire of William Randolph Hearst, the McCormick-Patterson newspapers, the Scripps-Howard chain, and the Time-Life newsmagazines of Henry R. Luce. Despite press opposition and the almost universal prediction of defeat in the 1948 election, Truman was victorious in the greatest miscalled presidential election in journalistic history. During his full term, Truman's relations with the news media became contentious over such matters as national security in the Cold War, the conduct of the Korean War, and the continuing charges of communism and corruption in the administration. Although Truman's career in politics was based on honesty and the welfare of the people, his early political alliance with Thomas Pendergast, Kansas City's notorious political boss, provided the opportunity for a portion of the press to charge Truman with subservience to Pendergast's own agenda of corrupt government. The history and the dynamics of the Truman presidency and the American news media, combined with biographical and institutional sketches of key individuals and news organizations, make Harry S. Truman and the News Media a captivating and original investigation of an American president. Well written and researched, this book will be of great value to Truman scholars, journalists, and anyone interested in American history or presidential studies.

Off the Record

The Private Papers of Harry S. Truman

Author: Harry S. Truman

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826211194

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 8568

Gathered for the first time, Truman's private papers--diaries, letters, and memoranda--cover the period from his occupancy of the White House in 1945 to shortly before his death in 1972. Students and scholars will find valuable material on major events of the Truman years, from the Potsdam Conference to the Korean War.

Harry S. Truman

Politiker, Populist, Präsident

Author: Kurt Leo Shell

Publisher: Musterschmidt


Category: Presidents

Page: 171

View: 7416

Harry S. Truman

The American Presidents Series: The 33rd President, 1945-1953

Author: Robert Dallek

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429998109

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 3482

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 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.

Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

Author: Michael T. Benson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275958077

Category: History

Page: 217

View: 4562

Harry S. Truman sensed something profound and meaningful in the Jewish restoration to Palestine, something which transcended other considerations. As the president recorded in his Memoirs, the Palestine question was "a basic human problem." In the end, Truman was willing to go against the current of his most trusted foreign policy advisers, who were absolutely opposed to the establishment of a Jewish state in the Middle East. These advisers argued that however humanitarian a Jewish homeland might seem, such a proposition posed a real risk to American interests in the Near East and to United States national security in the late 1940s. Despite their continued opposition, Truman stood his ground and maintained that he would decide the entire issue based on what he thought was right. Of interest to historians, and students of Israel and of the U.S. presidency.

Harry S. Truman und die Entscheidung zum Abwurf der Atombomben

Author: Jan-Hendrik Hütten

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640491734

Category: History

Page: 22

View: 9014

Am Morgen des 16. Juli 1945 explodierte auf einem Testgelände der US-Army in New Mexico die erste Atombombe. Mit diesem erfolgreichen Test begann das Atomzeitalter und die USA waren die erste Atommacht. Vorausgegangen war der Explosion eine mehrjährige, unter strengster Geheimhaltung liegende, Forschungsarbeit von zahlreichen Physikern und Wissenschaftlern verwandter Disziplinen. Im Rahmen des so genannten „Manhattan-Projekt“ wurde seit 1943, unter Präsident Roosevelt die Entwicklung von Atomwaffen forciert. Ausschlaggebend für das Projekt war die Vermutung, dass das nationalsozialistische Deutschland ebenfalls an Atomwaffen forschen könnte. Noch am 16. Juli wurde Präsident Truman, der sich in Potsdam auf der Dreimächtekonferenz befand, von dem geglückten Test unterrichtet. Einen Tag später wurden ihm alle Einzelheiten und der massive Zerstörungsfaktor der neuen Waffe mitgeteilt. Ob die Atombombe eingesetzt werden soll oder nicht wurde schon seit Monaten im „Interim Committee“ von Spitzen der Truman-Administration und führenden Wissenschaftler diskutiert. Letztlich lag die Entscheidung zum Abwurf aber bei Truman selbst. Warum Präsident Truman die Atombomben einsetzte und welche Beweggründe für den Einsatzbefehl ausschlaggebend waren, sind Gegenstand dieser Arbeit. Es soll untersucht werden, welche Faktoren ihn in seiner Entscheidung beeinflusst haben.

Brother Truman

the Masonic life and philosophy of Harry S. Truman

Author: Allen E. Roberts

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 4067

Harry S. Truman

Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, 1945-53

Author: United States. President (1945-1953 : Truman),Harry S. Truman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Presidents

Page: N.A

View: 4367

Collection contains Truman's January 1953 farewell address as president, Democratic party.

Man of the People

A Life of Harry S. Truman

Author: N.A

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 760

View: 5547

A leading researcher into the Truman archives offers a balanced, subtle portrait of the president's complex personality and long and varied career, revealing an insecure but ambitious man determined to surmount his own weaknesses and stand behind his decisions. UP.

Truman Capote

eine Biographie

Author: Gerald Clarke,Brigitte Stein

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 9783036951775


Page: 767

View: 5984

Truman and the Hiroshima Cult

Author: Robert P. Newman

Publisher: MSU Press

ISBN: 0870139401

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 292

View: 1256

The United States dropped atomic bombs on Japan in 1945 to end World War II as quickly and with as few casualties as possible. That is the compelling and elegantly simple argument Newman puts forward in his new study of World War II's end, Truman and the Hiroshima Cult. According to Newman: (1) The U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey conclusions that Japan was ready to surrender without "the Bomb" are fraudulent; (2) America’s "unconditional surrender" doctrine did not significantly prolong the war; and (3) President Harry S. Truman’s decision to use atomic weapons on Japanese cities was not a "racist act," nor was it a calculated political maneuver to threaten Joseph Stalin’s Eastern hegemony. Simply stated, Newman argues that Truman made a sensible military decision. As commander in chief, he was concerned with ending a devastating and costly war as quickly as possible and with saving millions of lives. Yet, Newman goes further in his discussion, seeking the reasons why so much hostility has been generated by what happened in the skies over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August, 1945. The source of discontent, he concludes, is a "cult" that has grown up in the United States since the 1960s. It was weaned on the disillusionment spawned by concerns about a military industrial complex, American duplicity and failure in the Vietnam War, and a mistrust of government following Watergate. The cult has a shrine, a holy day, a distinctive rhetoric of victimization, various items of scripture, and, in Japan, support from a powerful Marxist constituency. "As with other cults, it is ahistorical," Newman declares. "Its devotees elevate fugitive and unrepresentative events to cosmic status. And most of all, they believe." Newman’s analysis goes to the heart of the process by which scholars interpret historical events and raises disturbing issues about the way historians select and distort evidence about the past to suit special political agendas.


Author: Roy Jenkins

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1448202094

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 1377

In his time, Harry S. Truman was one of the most under-rated presidents of the twentieth century. Succeeding the charismatic Roosevelt, he was often seen as an uninspiring leader, a poor diplomat and a fumbling politician. He was the first man to authorise the use of nuclear weapons, and was in office at the time when the multiplicity of hopes which arose at the end of the Second World War were inevitably disappointed. Nothing could be further from Roy Jenkins' view of him. This is the first biography of Truman to be written by an author with anything approaching the subject's own range of political experience, and Roy Jenkins brings to this book a quality of appreciation of Truman's political skills which has not been seen before. It is also the first biography to be written by a British author, giving it a new objectivity on the international affairs which occupied so much of Truman's presidency and by which he must be judged.

Harry S. Truman

Author: Kevin Geller

Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica

ISBN: 1680486349

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 465

"After Franklin D. Roosevelt's sudden death in April 1945, Harry S. Truman took the oath of office as the thirty-third U.S. president. While perhaps best known for his controversial decision to drop atomic bombs to end combat with Japan in World War II, Truman was instrumental in postwar recovery and international relations. As readers will discover, he instituted the Truman Doctrine to fight the spread of Communism, approved the Marshall Plan to help rebuild Europe, and ordered armed forces in 1950 to assist South Korea in the Korean War. He also ended racial segregation in the U.S. military and removed discriminatory practices in federal employment."

A Cross of Iron

Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945-1954

Author: Michael J. Hogan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521795371

Category: History

Page: 540

View: 1226

Offers an account of the rise of the national security state that emerged at the beginning of the Cold War, and the role that Harry S. Truman and his successor played in determining the shape that it would take.