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Baime, A.J. The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2017. 448p. notes. index. ISBN 9780544617346. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780544618480. BIOG
Baime (Arsenal of Democracy) examines the harrowing first few months of Harry Truman’s (1884–1972) unexpected first term in office after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. In highlighting their stark differences, Baime describes Roosevelt as representing the people while Truman was the people. The author begins with Truman’s background as a farmer and former haberdasher from Missouri, then demonstrates how the president was viewed as ordinary and …read more

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