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Memoirs, Vol 2: Years of Trial and Hope

(Memoirs #2)

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Written with the same honesty and passion that made the first volume of Harry S. Truman's memoirs—1945: Year of Decision—so compelling, this book explores in detail the extraordinary problems the president had to face in the years after World War II. Truman recounts the story of the explosive China situation and George Marshall's patient and brilliant handling of it—and ex ...more
Hardcover, 594 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Smithmark Publishers (first published 1955)
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Aaron Million
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Volume II picks up following the conclusion of the momentous year of 1945. This volume takes Truman through the next seven years until he retires in January of 1953, after serving not quite eight years as President. We see a more confident Truman emerge here. He is no longer hobbled by the fact that FDR kept him in the dark about virtually everything during Truman's three month vice-presidency. WWII is now over, the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan had already been made, and he had time ...more
Hai Quan
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
With small exception, we can divide the world into two groups of nations : Large and / or industrialized ones and small and/ or non-industrialized ones.
With no exception, since ancient time until now ,the first kind have been adopting imperialism as a mean to expanse their borders, enrich their national economies at the cost of vast destruction and suffering to the latter , through ,of course wagging wars among themselves and against the latter.

Within the national borders, we can divide the peop
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Bob Ryan
Recaps the Truman presidency that started with the death of FDR at the end of World War II. Truman organizes the book by covering a separate topic into its own chapter, for instance, the first chapter is about the creation and organization of the Atomic Energy Commission. The largest portions of the book is directed toward the Korean War and the post WWI Cold War against the Russians. There is a impressive listing of accomplishments, the creation of the modern day Defense Department, the Office ...more
Steve
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give 'em hell, Harry

Long winded and dry. They say history repeats itself. Maybe, at any rate Harry certainly does. Nonetheless, the events chronicled represent a very critical period in our nation's history. Being told from the perspective of the chief executive makes it even more relevant.

President Truman had to deal with Russia, China and Korea in tense situations that could have resulted in WW-III. Planning for the coming atomic age, a steel industry strike, a rogue General MacArthur, legisla
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a.t.m.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb book authored by a great president.

The years after President Roosevelt died were filled with events requiring action and personal conviction. President Truman was responsible for dropping two atomic bombs on Japan to end the second world war. He had to make key decisions on Berlin, Greece, and Korea. President Truman was a simple man, yet, his legacy lives on for all of his contributions to our country. This book should required reading at all levels in our educational system.
Ira
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Though such a memoir is clearly bound to present the author in a favorable light, this is a revealing, useful account by a president who faced a set of challenges and crises that easily match those confronted in any other era. Very worthwhile.
Dan
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truman brings his honesty and his biases to this review of his Presidential years. It is straightforward as he was.
Leah G
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Truman rocks. That's all.
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Harry S. Truman was the thirty-third President of the United States (1945–1953). As vice president, he succeeded Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died less than three months after he began his fourth term.

During World War I Truman served as an artillery officer. After the war he became part of the political machine of Tom Pendergast and was elected a county judge in Missouri and eventually a United Stat
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