The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World by A.J. Baime

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Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. Chosen as FDR’s fourth-term vice president for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman was the prototypical ordinary man, still considered an obscure Missouri politician. That is, until he was shockingly thrust in over his head after FDR's sudden death. At the climactic moments of the Second World War, Truman had to play judge and jury during the founding of the United Nations, the Potsdam Conference, the Manhattan Project, the Nazi surrender, the liberation of concentration camps, and the decision to drop the bomb and end World War II.

Tightly focused, meticulously researched, and using documents not available to previous biographers, The Accidental President escorts readers into the situation room with Truman during this tumultuous, history-making 120 days, when the stakes were high and the challenges even higher.

Title : The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World
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ISBN : 0544617347
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 464 pages


Jean rated it ★★★★★

November 14, 2017

I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945, Eleanor Roosev...

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

October 10, 2017

"Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. Baime His first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President. But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agree. FDR was not a wel...

Mark rated it ★★★★★

December 12, 2017

Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first 1/3 of the book provides a background while the final 2/3 captures Truman’s first four months in office most notably as Commander-in-Chief during the final stag...

Emily rated it ★★★★★

November 26, 2017

Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley. This was a brilliant biography of Truman, concerning the first four months of his presidency. It briefly covers a few months prior to Roosevelt’s death, so we understand how Truman came to make the decisions he did, a...

Jill rated it ★★★★★

February 10, 2018

It was not until April 25, 1945 (or page 167 of A.J. Baime's "The Accidental President"), that newly inaugurated president Harry Truman was told about the US development of the atomic bomb. That was nearly two weeks after Truman succeeded Franklin Roosevelt, who had died on April 12th. (I'm not e...

Bigmg rated it ★★★★★

October 15, 2017

Right Man, Right Time Harry S Truman has been one of the most forgotten presidents of the 20th Century. Standing in the shadow of FDR, it's easy to see why. But my cynicism of FDR is well founded, especially when in his 4th term the events of his hapless arrogance threw this nobody from Independen...

Zora rated it ★★★★★

January 11, 2018

Very well written and researched, with vivid scenes and one detail about the bomb that was new to me. (Hard to do...I've read quite a bit about it) Considering who is president as I write this, it's a bit depressing, but that's not the author's fault!

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

January 20, 2018

“The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,” by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don’t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed businesses; his true...

Italo rated it ★★★☆☆

October 25, 2017

This is a popularized history book about Harry Truman and the tumultuous first four months of his presidency. There was a lot more about Truman's history than I expected, stopping in its tracks the story of the first four months, but the background was helpful to get a measure of the man. Truman,...

Brian rated it ★★★★☆

November 17, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s a readable account of the initial several months of the Truman presidency, from April 1945 through to the Japanese surrender in September 1945. It’s scholarly without being stuffy. The first chapter details President Roosevelt’s failing health and his last day...

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