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Title:
Growing up with my grandfather : memories of Harry S. Truman
Author:
Daniel, Clifton Truman, 1957-
Publication Information:
Secaucus, N.J. : Carol Pub. Group, [1995]

©1995
Physical Description:
xi, 228 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Birch Lane Press book."

Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781559722865
Format :
Book

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"This book takes readers behind the scenes of the final years of Harry Truman, whose presidency began fifty years ago. It details the almost impossible expectations placed on members of a first family and how a grandson has worked to climb out of Harry Truman's very considerable shadow. The words of that grandson, the eldest son of Margaret Truman and Clifton Daniel, tell the intimate story."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


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Booklist Review

Grandfather Harry S. Truman left his mark on Clifton T. Daniel, as did Daniel's mother, Margaret, and perhaps most of all his father and namesake, Clifton Daniel, New York Times managing editor. But it takes Daniel much of this autobiography, as it took most of his life, to recognize that the blame or credit for his failures and successes is primarily his own. Fatherhood seems to have had a major impact on this maturation, although by then he had already conquered, or at least controlled, his serious problems with drugs and alcohol. Amid the complaints and tales of woe are some fascinating insights into Harry Truman--as grandfather and family man--and scarcer views of Truman's daughter, Margaret, as a mother. Readers looking for presidential gossip will find little, but Daniel's tale of Lyndon Johnson, in his pajamas on the day after the inauguration, is among the more amusing elements in this soul-searching autobiography. --Denise Perry Donavin


Publisher's Weekly Review

``We had not known each other very well,'' writes Daniel of his 88-year-old grandfather's death in 1972; hence, despite the book's title, readers are given disappointingly cursory glimpses of the president, who nevertheless brightens this tedious, self-indulgent recreation of the author's descent into alcoholism and drugs and rehabilitation. As his parents‘mystery novelist Truman and retired New York Times managing editor Daniel‘observe in their dutiful-sounding foreword, their eldest son was a ``good-time Charlie'' who remade himself. Born in 1957 into a notably accomplished family, the author was dogged by feelings of failure that were exacerbated by parents he considered undemonstrative toward him and their other three sons. Yet while he complains of the lack of parental hugs, he apparently does not recognize the love expressed by his father's willingness to risk humiliation in a group therapy session at his son's detoxification center (rather than participate, his mother went on a book tour). The author, a journalist in North Carolina and an occasional actor, married and the father of two, comes across as likable enough, even when one loses patience with his bleating against the way he was raised (including his mother's failure to breast-feed him). Photos not seen by PW. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved