The Accidental President

The Accidental President

Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

Book - 2017
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A look at the president's tumultuous first four months in office examines the events he presided over, including the founding of the United Nations, the Nazi surrender, the liberation of concentration camps, and the decision to drop the bomb.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
ISBN: 9780544617346
Characteristics: xvi, 431 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Dec 19, 2019

Well written. Chapter length is reasonable. Excess verbage has been clearly pruned away. Well referenced. My only regret is that this is not part of a "Truman Trilogy," with volume II covering the Japanese surrender to the start of the Korean War and Volume III the Korean War until Inauguration Day 1953. So much happened in Truman's entire presidency, and he certainly served as a model for future presidents, being willing to make the tough decisions, even if not popular.

Aug 13, 2019

Very good, despite some strange turns of phrase, beginning on the first page, where he weirdly says, "it's impossible to underestimate" the effect of the death of FDR on Americans. He later says that war spending "electrocuted" the American economy; presumably he meant "electrified". Don't publishers employ copy editors any more?

Excellent book and well written! I learned a great deal about the relationship between Truman and Roosevelt, the negotiations with Great Britain and Russia and the activities that lead to the dropping of the atomic bomb. I enjoy reading about the people who have streets in KCMO named after them including the Wards and the Nolan's and others.
I love reading about Harry Truman and this book does not disappoint.

Feb 03, 2018

Incredibly well-written, fascinating.

I ended up feeling quite sorry for Bess and admired many of the people described.

How far we have fallen.


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