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KIRKUS REVIEW

The authors who introduced the little known man as President in This Man Truman (1945), now describe his years in the White House, undertaking his defence in so far as they can approve. With inexperience, naivete, humility as handicaps to his reluctant advent to the Presidency, Truman was beset by many problems with the conclusion of war, intensified by the hostility of Congress determined to whittle down the Executive. Here are issues met by compromise, failure or solution:- the Wallace fracas; labor legislation, which shattered his popularity; price control, with Congress recalcitrant; the 80th Congress, even more antagonistic; housing; inflation; and always foreign policy, which the authors (it would seem mistakenly) felt was finally on a firm stand. They sincerely believe his mistakes are mistakes of judgment, not the heart; that he has grown in strength -and stature. For a campaign document, the praise seems faint.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1948
Publisher: Whittlesey