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Where the Buck Stops: The Personal and Private Writings of Harry S. Truman

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In the bestselling tradition of Margaret Truman's biography Harry S. Truman, here are the 33rd U.S. President's fascinating theories and opinions on leadership and leaders, plus his picks for the best and worst presidents--all in his bluntly honest "give-em-hell" style.
Paperback, 404 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Grand Central Publishing (first published October 1989)
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Les Wolf
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I cried at the end of this book. Truman doesn't devote a single word to self promotion and he shows his unswerving devotion to FDR and to what he believes to be those policies that are in the best interest of the country as a whole. The book serves as a primer for U. S. history but is written in a very personal and informal manner. It gives the reader the feeling of a fireside chat while discussing past presidents and policies. Harry Truman does not mince words when voicing his opinion. I was ve ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-dad
Probably I'm too biased to write a proper review on account of I have a tattoo of HST on me, forever. He is one of my absolute favorite guys in all US history. (And not necessarily just for presidential reasons.)


...for real
Aaron Million
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
This isn't so much a book as a collection of President Harry Truman's views on former presidents interspersed with his commentary on the history of the country. Certainly partisan, as one would expect with Truman - who was famous for being honest and pulling no punches with people. The book was not particularly well-written, as Truman frequently repeats himself and jumps around - talking about presidents that he thought were very poor, then beginning a sort of American history lesson, only to go ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am really glad I read this and will read it again sometime. I laughed quite a bit at his honest way of talking and this book is a wonderful history lesson written as if he stood in front of class and lectured or (as someone else mentioned) as if he's speaking across the kitchen table carrying on conversation. I learned a lot, too, about truths they skip teaching us in school. I haven't seen my 74 year old dad read a book but he's asked me for this one. I have a feeling that for him it will be ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an author, Truman is not as fascinating as he was in public life. His writing is very much "stream of consciousness," filled with euphemisms and colloquialisms that cheapen the thoughts he is trying to convey. Though he presents his book as a history of the United States (going back to the time of the pilgrims) it carries a significant flavor of his own perceptions as a liberal policy-maker. His opinions about what makes a president or a public figure great or a failure are nearly offensive i ...more
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, political
This is a fun book. I'm not a big fan of political books, but this one is written in an informal, almost gossipy, style that fascinated me. Truman gives us his opinions of the presidency, presidential history, his list of good and bad Presidents and why he ranked them as such. Don't expect impartial journalism and don't expect to completely agree - these are Truman's opinions, after all - but having sat in the hot seat his opinions are worth respecting.

This is a great book.
Philip Blen
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
With every sentence you hear Truman's voice. A truly marvelous book. Through his writing about his peers, you glean what he was made of. It was a enjoyable book.

Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An interesting read. Harry tells it like it is.
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love Harry's blunt, straight talking style. Who better to capture him in print than the apple of his eye.
Ross Rosenfeld
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic book. Truman's voice really shines through.
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Mary Margaret Truman-Daniel, widely known throughout her life as "Margaret Truman", (February 17, 1924 — January 29, 2008) was an American singer who later became a successful writer. She was the only child of Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the United States) and his wife Bess.

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