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Written with the same honesty and passion that made the first volume of Harry S. Truman's memoirs - 1945: Year of Decision - so compelling, this book explores in detail the extraordinary problems the president had to face in the years after World War II.Truman recounts the story of the explosive China situation and George Marshall's patient and brilliant handling of it - and examines the creation of the Truman Doctrine, the history of the Marshall Plan, the Berlin airlift, and the enormously complicated problem of creating a Jewish homeland.The climax of Years of Trial and Hope comes with Truman's dramatic discussion of the Korean War and his dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur for repeatedly refusing to follow orders from both the Joints Chiefs of Staff and the president himself.He also talks about his decision to not run for the presidency in 1952, offering his strong opinions about the Stevenson and Eisenhower campaigns, and concluding with a memorable account of his White House meeting with President-elect Eisenhower shortly before the end of his term.Filled with astute observations of major historical events and the leaders who shaped them, Truman offers readers an incisive look at postwar American history.
Harry S. Truman was thrust into a job he neither sought nor wanted by a call summoning him to the White House. There First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt told him that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was dead. Two hours later, with little formality, he was sworn into office. "I had come to see the president," Truman recalls in this autobiography. "Now, having repeated that simply worded oath, I myself was president." With World War II raging in the Pacific, the looming decision of whether to drop the atomic bomb, and seemingly intractable labor issues at home, no chief executive ever fell heir to such a burden on such short notice. This book is an invaluable record of Truman's tumultuous first year in office, his youth in Missouri, and his rise in politics. He shares glimpses of his family life; clear-eyed appraisals of world leaders, including Winston Churchill, Charles De Gaulle, and Joseph Stalin; and candid disclosures about history-making national and international events.
"In January of 1949 the aftershocks of the Second World War were still jarring large parts of the globe, although they had greatly diminished in the United States. In Asia, however, turbulence continued to rise as a result of the collapse of Japan, the tottering of the European empires after the war, and the combustion produced by nationalism mixed with communism. Because a segment of American opinion, generally represented in the more conservative wing of the Republican party, was very sensitive to events in Asia, the tremors in the Far East came as harbingers of disturbing political conflict in the United States." Robert J. Donovan's Tumultuous Years presents a detailed account of Harry S. Truman's presidency from 1949-1953.
A compilation of quotations from the speeches and writings of our thirty-third President.
Analyse og udvikling i det politisk-strategiske forhold mellem rusland og Amerika fra 2. Verdenskrigs slutning til 1963, især i relation til den nukleare faktor.
In this volume in the American Presidency Series, McCoy recounts and evaluates the record of the Truman Administration and identifies its distinctiveness and relations to the past, its own time, and the future. Focusing on the problems that faced the United States between 1945-1953, he explains how Truman's vigor in championing civil rights, health, labor, education, and natural resource policies brought him immense unpopularity, and how, despite this, Truman triumphed in 1948, winning bipartisan support for his foreign and military policies. The author depicts Truman as an honest, hard-working, capable and complex man, and describes his relationships with his staff, Congress, foreign representatives, the judiciary, political parties, the press, the public, and influential private citizens. ISBN 0-7006-0252-6 : $25.00.
A biography of the only President to be born in Missouri, a man who always kept in touch with his Midwestern roots, which gave him a common-sense approach to life.