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A companion to Harry S. Truman by Daniel S. Margolies

By Daniel S. Margolies

With contributions from the main complete students within the box, this interesting better half to at least one of America's pivotal presidents assesses Harry S. Truman as a ancient determine, flesh presser, president and strategist.

• Assembles a few of the best historians of their fields who investigate serious facets of the Truman presidency
• offers new ways to the historiography of Truman and his policies
• encompasses a number of historiographic methodologies

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But whatever Truman’s motives – and the record suggests that his quick-fire response to shrewd questions from the White House press corps drew him into making an imprudent and unintended statement that his press office quickly retracted – this press conference immediately had major adverse consequences. On the home front it sparked a flurry of panic, including a heated congressional debate in which an alarming number of senators lined up behind the bomb’s use. Diplomatically, it prompted a worried British prime minister to fly immediately across the Atlantic to find out what the apparently rash Americans had in mind.

Several of them lack specific dates. ” They also stimulated greater public curiosity about Harry S. Truman’s life, presidency, and character, and, consequently, a market for biographies and general histories of his administration beyond academia. , was titled “Senatorial stickup” by photographers Harris & Ewing. In the photograph, Vice President John Nance Garner “playfully tries his ‘stickup’ technique” on Harry Truman, then a Senator from Missouri, with a pair of 45 caliber pistols formerly owned by the bandit Jesse James.

The problem was that so many other mediating voices generated so much noise – and distortion – that the public was often denied the real facts. As Truman repeatedly stressed, these other voices were often controlled by a small number of Republican-leaning media owners who were “deliberately irresponsible” in their efforts to twist the issues for partisan effect. But the problem also had deeper roots. “It is a characteristic of any system where free expression of opinion prevails,” Truman argued: that the critics and the malcontents will be heard more often than those who support the established policy.

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