The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

By Baime, A.J.

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9780544617346 9780544618480
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Houghton Harcourt


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Starred Review on October 1, 2017  |  Presidential Picks

Baime (Arsenal of Democracy) examines the harrowing first few months of Harry Truman's (1884-1972) unexpected first term in office after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. In highlighting their stark differences, Baime describes Roosevelt as representing the people while Truman was the people. The author begins with Truman's background as a farmer and former haberdasher from Missouri, then demonstrates how the president was viewed as ordinary and unqu...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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