- File Size: 4115 KB
- Print Length: 535 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: New Word City, Inc.; 1 edition (September 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O2WXH9S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bess Truman Kindle Edition
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The book provides an inside view of the Truman presidency and of the marriage. It is clear from the book that Bess did not want to be First Lady. Who would want to follow after Eleanor Roosevelt? The author details the importance that communication played in the family and tells the story of Bess joining Harry in his upstairs study each night for a long quiet discussion of the issues, the problems and the personalities he faced that day. As First Lady Bess reinstated the formal White House social season that had been put on hold during the Depression and World War II. The author states that Bess was interested in White House history. When asked what was her favorite period in the White House history she replied it was the Monroe White House and Elizabeth Monroe.
In the book Bess comes across as a strong, independent woman who was largely misunderstood and dismissed by the public. Margaret describes her mother as a warm hearted, kind lady, with a sense of humor, a merry, twinkling wit and a tremendous capacity for enjoying life. I was most impressed with Bess’s one liners in the book. They are hilarious.
When they were apart the Trumans wrote each other every day. I observed they both carried on regular letter writing with friends. I have also noted in other biographies I have read that people wrote lots of letters. Seems people no longer write letters, no wonder the Post Office is in trouble. Letter writing is becoming a lost art.
I had no idea the love and commitment the Trumans had for each other or how long they had waited to get married. One item I noted was they liked to sit and read books together in the evening. It was their favorite pastime. I found the book well-written and research and I learned a great deal about both Bess and Harry Truman and the times they lived it. The book was 535 pages published in 1986. I read this on my Kindle app for my iPad.
I think that anyone with an interest in politics will enjoy this book.
I liked both Bess and Harry. I think he was one of our better presidents, and a very good man. Bess was more involved behind the scenes than many think, although she was not a first lady in the mold of Eleanor Roosevelt, or Jacqueline Kennedy or Ladybird Johnson. HST discussed quite a lot of things with Bess in order to make his decisions.
I got this on a sale deal, and I had been reading several things on FDR just prior, otherwise, I might not have gotten this. I'm glad I did. I just intended to read the first chapter or two and then go back to what I was reading, but I read the whole thing.
Particularly disappointing was the omission of the pictures included with the hard copy of this book! This seems to happen a lot with Kindle editions, and is a glaring oversight. I felt short-changed by the end.