By Daniel S. Margolies
With contributions from the main comprehensive students within the box, this interesting better half to at least one of America's pivotal presidents assesses Harry S. Truman as a old determine, baby-kisser, president and strategist.
• Assembles some of the most sensible historians of their fields who examine serious points of the Truman presidency
• offers new ways to the historiography of Truman and his policies
• includes a number of historiographic methodologies
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Themselves from the modern age of spin or are desperate to pull off their own unlikely win. The signiﬁcance of Truman’s foreign policy leadership, especially the Truman Doctrine speech that became the founding document for American Cold War policy, has also ensured that his leadership has been exhaustively examined by successive waves of foreign policy scholars. And then there were the numerous major challenges of the Truman years – the atomic bomb, civil rights, McCarthyism, and the Korean War, to name just a few – all of which required the president to take a public position or sell his cause.
In this book’s conclusion, Pearlman equally criticizes both Truman and MacArthur for avoiding “a frank exchange of opinion” during their private meeting at Wake Island “which might have clariﬁed concerns and thereby controlled their clash when China entered the conﬂict six weeks later” (p. 272). 22 CONSIDERING TRUMAN IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Despite the persistent determination of most scholars to be constructively critical and objective when researching and writing about Truman and his presidency, the American public was ready for a heroic, “everyman as a great man,” epic-style biography of Harry S.
Whereas Roosevelt had led the nation through depression and war, using his famous ﬁreside chats to reassure, educate, and convince, Truman never seemed at ease in this aspect of the job. The delivery of his speeches was often stilted. When captured on the newsreel, or ﬁlmed by the earliest television cameras, the trademark jerky hand movements that punctuated his important points seemed awkward. In press conferences, his terseness – which had been so refreshing at ﬁrst – soon became infuriating to reporters who wanted to write a story.