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on November 22, 2006
-Twenty reviews are not enough for this book! HST deserves more and better!

HST was fortunate in that history offered him many opportunities to prove his skills and his greatness. (Most historians now rank him among the top five). For example, not every president gets to be a 2-time wartime president, or to replace an FDR (the nation's only 3-time and 4-time president that most Americans truly loved (regardless of how the Neocons now portray him), or to make the many critical decisions that HST was compelled to make.

The book's table of contents pretty much summarizes the major problems that HST had to deal with during his long political career and his 2 terms (minus 3 months) as president: two times he had to fight hard as the underdog for his seat in the Senate and once, in 1948 - likewise, as the underdog against Dewey, he had to overcome great odds to win his presidential re-election fight. Many times he had to render major, often unpopular, decisions: for example, he endorsed the establishment of the new state of Israel; he ordered the dropping of A-bombs on Japan; he ordered the integration of the armed forces; he halted a steel strike that threatened the unbroken supply of war materials; he ordered the implementation of the post-war, multi-billion dollar economic recovery plan for Europe (called the Marshall Plan - but actually Truman's plan); he endorsed the creation of the U.N.; he endorsed the creation of NATO with U.S. participation; he ordered U.S. troops into Korea in 1950 to halt communist aggression; he `fired' the highly popular 5-star General MacArthur when the latter challenged the authority of the president; etc., etc.. HST said that hard decisions were easy for him; he simply did what he thought was right!

Many reviewers confess that prior to reading this book they had no sense of HST's presidency, or that he was significant or even great. After reading this book, however, many of them now feel that HST was both a great man and a great president. Is there any better example of what a little reading can do for a person's judgment - or, expressed another way, is there any better example of how 'ignorance can breed contempt' - or indifference?
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on February 15, 2014
Published in 1973 shortly after his death. this is an oral biography of Harry Truman,
citizen, soldier, patriot, failed haberdasher, who made decisions that literally saved
the world.

The Man from Independence was the real deal. His star has steadily risen, while his
critics who hated him have been relegated to the dustbin of history.

He lived by Mark Twain's words- always do right, it will gratify some and astonish the rest.
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on September 1, 2014
A friend recommended this book to me and was it ever worth the read! Even though the events recorded here took place decades ago, parts of it could have been written today. Harry Truman was the last truly great president - a man who never bowed to hysteria, who lived up to his slogan "The buck stops here" and a man who saw things clearly. He made statements that proved to be true in the future, one of them being that Richard Nixon was a liar and never knew the difference between the truth and a lie. That statement was made well before Watergate. It's a shame this book is only available in older copies, as it is now out of print. Perhaps some enterprising person might contact the author's family and request permission to reproduce it in a eBook so generations to come will have the benefit of getting to know a man who stood for principle and not politics.
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on October 15, 2014
Just a nice book to read and hear HST in his own words. Per the title - HST is plain speaking and pulls no punches. I got a flavor of the man from this book, and enjoyed it.
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on September 1, 2012
Plain Speaking An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman was in excellent condition and was received in a timely manner. For those interested in American history this is a must read, especially during an election year. Harry Truman was an original and great American; we are sorely in need of such an honest man today. Would recommend this seller.
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on February 25, 2011
I read this book years ago and my paperback fell apart. I ordered the hard cover, one for me and one to give as a gift. Harry Truman was the last president to "tell it like it is." What struck me is that politics haven't changed so much; technology has changed politics. Harry will go down as one of the most decisive presidents in history and as a man of honesty and integrity who, looking back, made the right decisions at the time for our country. I recommend this book to everyone.
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on July 21, 2013
I have read and re-read this book numerous times. This was a man with extreme moral principles, and should be required reading in our educational system as far as I'm concerned. Maybe some of the loose behavior of our society may have been avoided if our children were taught even half of this man's propensity for honesty and integrity. He held himself to the highest standards, and expected the same from others. The title of the book says it all. This is a must read!
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on April 6, 2017
Great Oral History Book and exactly as described by vendor. Also, delivery was perfect.
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on April 24, 2014
It was more than I expected. It was a poignant account of Harry Truman. I enjoyed it very much. It was in good condition for a used book and I received it on time.
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on August 28, 2017
I keep this on my desk beside my computer.
Every time Trump opens his mouth, I open the book,
and see what Truman would say.
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