The Autobiography of Harry S. Truman

The Autobiography of Harry S. Truman

Paperback - 2002
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The Autobiography of Harry S. Truman is a compilation of autobiographical writings composed by Truman between 1934 and 1972. Taken directly from his own manuscript material, the volume presents the thoughts and feelings of the man himself. The book touches on details in Truman's life from his days as a boy until graduation from Independence High School in 1901 to the vice presidency of the United States and beyond. There is also a memorandum written by Truman about the Pendergast machine in Kansas City telling how it was possible to work with the machine and not be soiled by it. The Autobiography concludes with some of the retired president's thoughts about politics and the purposes of public life.
Published: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2002.
ISBN: 9780826214454
Branch Call Number: B TRU
Characteristics: xv, 153 p. :,ill., map ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ferrell, Robert H.


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Oct 22, 2014

Some time after I became president one of the radio shows asked a sixty-four dollar question which was to name the living vice presidents. The person asked named all of them but me!

Oct 20, 2014

If I'd stayed home and run my oil company I'd have been a millionaire. But I always did let ethics beat me out of money and I suppose I always will.


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Oct 23, 2014

I have never used the word "folksy" before, but that is the sense you get of Harry Truman's character when reading this unconventional biography. The writing is raw and unpolished, as it is taken directly from his notes and letters, not intended at the time to become autobiographical. Sadly, it fast-forwards through his presidency, but that was an office he never had ambitions for, so it is in a way appropriate. Truman was one of the great ones. This quick read indicates as much.


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