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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Extra resources for A companion to Harry S. Truman
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.