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Talking with Harry : candid conversations with President Harry S. Truman
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
xx, 388 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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E814 .A3 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In his eight years as president from 1945-1953, Harry S Truman made some of the most important decisions in US history, particularly in foreign policy matters. This book contains transcripts of conversations with Truman from taped interviews in 1959.

Author Notes

Ralph E. Weber is professor of history at Marquette University.

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Choice Review

Weber (Marquette Univ.) has compiled a series of interviews conducted with former President Truman in 1959. In preparation for a book, Mr. Citizen (1960), Truman engaged William Hillman and David Noyes, who both had previous experience working with him, to aid in the project. As Weber indicates, very little of the interviews were used for the book, and we are now fortunate to have transcripts giving great insight into the way Truman thought. Hillman and Noyes were able to ask questions that obviously put the former president at ease, giving him a comfort level to speak quite freely. For example, in discussing decision making, Truman reveals that "the jump decision that I made in the beginning was usually the right one." We are also treated to Truman's views on the least effective presidents, his negative thoughts on Eisenhower as chief executive, and in 1959, his view of John Kennedy, among others, as a potential candidate for the 1960 democratic presidential nomination. What makes this volume so valuable is that the reader is able to gain an understanding into Truman's philosophy and personality, helping us to better understand his actions as president. All collections. A. Yarnell Montana State University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Editor's Notep. xv
Prologue: The Atom Bombp. 1
Session 1

p. 13

Session 2

p. 21

Session 3

p. 31

Session 4

p. 43

Session 5

p. 57

Session 6

p. 65

Session 7

p. 85

Session 8

p. 103

Session 9

p. 117

Session 10

p. 127

Session 11

p. 141

Session 12

p. 151

Session 13

p. 163

Session 14

p. 193

Session 15

p. 217

Session 16

p. 239

Session 17

p. 265

Session 18

p. 283

Session 19

p. 305

Session 20

p. 323

Biographical Directoryp. 341
Bibliographyp. 367
Indexp. 373