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Strictly Personal and Confidential: The Letters Harry Truman Never Mailed Hardcover – October 18, 1982

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  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd; 1st edition (October 18, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316712213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316712217
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,810,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Strictly Personal and Confidential offers a unique look at a man reacting naturally to enormous pressures. Truman often had second, more prudent thoughts about what he called his 'spasms.' Sometimes he would scribble furiously and then stuff the result into his desk while he cooled off; on other occasions, he dictated blisterers to Rose Conway, his longtime personal secretary, and then returned the typescript with a diplomatic directive: 'Rose, file it. H.S.T.' In either case, he left behind a trail of entertaining and often fascinating documents, a short history of the frustrations of power, written at white heat."—Time

"The letters are in the spirit of 'giving them hell,' the bulldog approach that gave Truman his upset presidential election victory in 1948. They will not change the course of history, nor alter our perception of the man; but they will reinforce our feelings for a president who had grit and the not inconsiderable virtue of candor."—Philadelphia Inquirer

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Monte M. Poen is Regents' Professor of American History Emeritus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He is the author or editor of several books, including Harry S. Truman versus the Medical Lobby and Letters Home by Harry Truman.

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Format: Paperback
You can tell a lot about a person by the letters they write. Great insight into a strong leader of the United States.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy S. Hays on November 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the Truman book you will truly enjoy-- after reading the 5,000 others. Harry S Truman was a real old-fashioned communicator who understood the value of honestly telling others what was on his mind (a great and thoughtful mind) at any appropriate juncture. He also had the good judgment-- once he had dictated and reviewed a letter to some notable-- to at times keep a particular letter from the mail, and save it exclusively for his own files. Truman spared himself countless embarrassments using this discipline.
If you liked "Harry and Ike," you'll love Poen's book, which you have to search for. The work is worth it-- Truman was the last of the Mohicans, a president who believed in telling both the American public and those with whom he interacted his honest assessment of a situation.
When I studied at the Truman Library in Independence in 1985, two years after first reading this book, I found the original correspondence. It is as priceless as Poen thoughtfully put it all together.
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