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Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times Hardcover – November 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Kansas City Star Books (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974000930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974000930
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,519,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Burnes, who joined The Kansas City Star in 1978, has served as the newspaper's history writer since 1993. In 2000 he served as a senior writer on The Star's special section celebrating the city's 150th anniversary. He is the author of High & Rising : The 1951 Kansas City Flood and co-author of Walt Disney's Missouri : The Roots of a Creative Genius, both published by Kansas City Star Books. He and his wife, Debra, live in Westwood, Kansas, with their children, Charlie, Jessica, and Sam.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Justin Martin on March 22, 2004
Brian Burnes new book on Harry Truman is a pleasure, impeccably researched and extremely well written. Rather than piling detail upon detail, Burnes opts for well-chosen anecdotes that add up to Truman's full story: his Kansas City boyhood, World War I service, political rise, presidency , and later years back in Kansas City. Truman is remembered for his momentous decision to drop the atomic bomb, but this book also delves into less-known aspects of his presidency. For example, Burnes recounts a wonderful episode involving an old poker buddy named Eddie Jacobson who, in 1948, helped convice Truman that the U.S. should recognize the brand new state of Israel.

Throughout, Burnes does a masterful job of interweaving the story of Truman, the politician, with humanizing details about Truman, the man. While attending the Potsdam conference in 1945, for example, Truman purchased a luncheon set of Belgian lace for Bess. The first lady, in turn, thought the gift a bit extravagant. This book also has wonderful photographs and illustrations, including a Thomas Hart Benton portrait of Truman so closely observed and revelatory that it's worth a thousand words, easily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Stephenson on October 2, 2013
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GREAT Book!
This book is well written and covers HST's life and times with lots of photos. It is definitely a good buy.
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