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By Daniel S. Margolies

With contributions from the main finished students within the box, this attention-grabbing significant other to at least one of America's pivotal presidents assesses Harry S. Truman as a historic determine, baby-kisser, president and strategist.

• Assembles a number of the best historians of their fields who determine serious features of the Truman presidency
• offers new ways to the historiography of Truman and his policies
• contains a number of historiographic methodologies

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McCoy had previously co-authored a well-regarded book on minority rights during the Truman administration. The Presidency of Harry S. Truman includes separate chapters on the Fair Deal and the beginning of the Cold War as well as an extensive, useful bibliographical essay. McCoy concludes this book by noting a previously overlooked and underestimated accomplishment of Truman’s presidency, namely, the preservation and reform of the New Deal (pp. 314–15). Harry S. Truman was a liberal Democrat whose Fair Deal proposals for expanding the welfare state included national health insurance and federal aid to elementary and secondary education.

Goodman, 1974), The Quotable Harry S. Truman (Settel, 1975), and The Wit and Wisdom of Harry S. Truman (Ayres, 1998). Give ’Em Hell, Harry! provides the casual reader with the more witty and pithy remarks of Truman, including his answers to reporters’ questions at White House press conferences and his opinions on such diverse topics as hunting and his grandchildren. The Quotable Harry S. Truman is probably less entertaining to casual readers and less useful to scholarly researchers of Truman. It consists almost entirely of excerpts from his presidential speeches.

Instead of praising his style, courage, and policy preferences, these political scientists seek to explain the conditions under which public opinion plays a role in the policy process. According to Douglas Foyle, who published an intensive study on the subject based RHETORIC AND STYLE OF TRUMAN’S LEADERSHIP 33 on his doctoral work with Ole Holsti, a president’s normative beliefs about whether or not the public ought to play a role in decision making is one of these crucial conditions. ” Nor, in this view, did Truman waste too much time trying to lead.

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