Harry Truman has written so much about himself and his Administration that it is almost impossible for a biographer to turn up anything that qualifies as a ""new fact"". Yet this biography is successful in bringing the whole sociological and political development of the Truman era into fresh focus. Steinberg has explained what happens when a highly under-rated man with little of the traditional background and few of the traditional assets is forced by history to assume the chair of a venerated . The strategy of his early middle and later political career is emphasized only as it is germans to his eventual attainment of the highest office. Students of recent history and young adults who remember the Truman administration from childhood will be interested in this excellent interpretation, here with its wisdom of .