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Man of the people : a life of Harry S. Truman

Author: Alonzo L Hamby
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
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Harry S. Truman is remembered today as an icon - the plain-speaking president, "Give 'em Hell Harry," the chief executive who put "The Buck Stops Here" on his desk. But Alonzo L. Hamby shows that there was more to Truman than the pugnacious fighter so prominent in popular memory. Insecure, ambitious, a man of honor, a partisan loyalist, an agrarian Jeffersonian Democrat who became a champion of big government,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Hamby, Alonzo L.
Man of the people.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)624462013
Named Person: Harry S Truman; Harry S Truman; Harry S Truman; Harry S Truman; Harry S Truman; Harry S Truman; Harry S Truman; Harry S Truman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alonzo L Hamby
ISBN: 0195045467 9780195045468
OCLC Number: 31605426
Description: xv, 760 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. "I Was Kind of a Sissy": In Search of Self, 1884-1906 --
2. "I Tried to Dig a Living Out of the Ground": J. A. Truman & Son, Farmers, 1906-1914 --
3. "My Ship's Going to Come in Yet": Misadventures in Venture Capitalism, 1915-1917 --
4. "Our Young Man Was a True Patriot": The Forge of War, 1917-1919 --
5. "June 28, 1920 One Happy Year... June 28, 1922 Broke and in a Bad Way": Family, Fraternity, and Commerce in the 1920s --
6. "I Became a Member of a Fighting County Court": The Darwinian World of Jackson County Politics, 1922 --
7. "McElroy and I Ran the County Court and Took All the Jobs": Ideals and Realities, 1923-1924 --
8. "Enough Left for a Living": Family, Business, Service, 1925-1934 --
9. "Am I an Ethical Giant... Or Just a Crook?": Achievement and Doubt, 1926-1934 --
10. "A Tremendous Amount of Strain": Crisis and Anxiety, 1931-1934 --
11. "I Have Come to the Place Where All Men Strive to Be": Questing for the Heights, 1931-1934 --
12. "Wisdom to Serve the People Acceptably": Life in the Senate, 1935-1940 --
13. "Vultures at the Death of an Elephant": Insurgency, New Dealism, Interest Group Politics, and the Regulatory State, 1935-1940 --
14. "I'm Going to Lick that Double-Crossing, Lying Governor": Struggle for Vindication, 1937-1940 --
15. "We Saved the Taxpayers About Fifteen Billion Dollars": The Truman Committee, 1941-1944 --
16. "Looks Like I've Arrived in the Senate": Statesman and Democratic Leader, 1941-1944 --
17. "Bob, It's Truman. F.D.R.": The Vice Presidency, 1944-1945 --
18. "I Feel Like I Have Been Struck by a Bolt of Lightning": Confronting the Presidency, 1945-1947 --
19. "I Am Here to Make Decisions": Potsdam and Hiroshima, 1945 --
20. "I'm Tired Babying the Soviets": The Cold War Emerges, 1945-1946 --
21. "Being President Is Like Riding a Tiger": The Trials of Liberalism in a Conservative Age, 1945-1946.
Responsibility: Alonzo L. Hamby.
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This biography covers Truman's early years as well as his presidential tenure and beyond. It provides a detailed account of the US President's political as well as personal life. Throughout, Truman  Read more...

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