By Daniel S. Margolies
With contributions from the main complete students within the box, this interesting spouse to at least one of America's pivotal presidents assesses Harry S. Truman as a old determine, flesh presser, president and strategist.
• Assembles some of the best historians of their fields who investigate serious elements of the Truman presidency
• presents new methods to the historiography of Truman and his policies
• incorporates a number of historiographic methodologies
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If these particular decisions were ﬁnely balanced – for Acheson and Marshall, whatever their growing political vulnerability, were deeply impressive and highly valued public servants – there have been fewer doubts about Truman’s willingness to retain his White House aides like Donald Dawson and Harry Vaughan when they became tarnished with corruption allegations. As Sean Savage points out in his analysis of Truman’s relationship with the Democratic Party, “Truman’s staunch, assertive defense of Vaughan and Dawson” did nothing to undermine “the hardening, increasingly irreversible impression that a ‘Missouri Gang’ indulged in favoritism, cronyism, and inﬂuence pedaling, just as an ‘Ohio Gang’ had dominated the scandal-ridden administration of Warren G.
Even after winning the presidency in his own right, Truman then made so many basic mistakes in managing Congress – from refusing to press for straight up-down votes to leaving Washington at critical moments – that his Fair Deal program soon stalled. And by the end of his tenure, many liberals shared the prevailing sense that Truman was out of his depth, bemoaning the fact that he often “behaved with a lack of dignity and a disturbing impulsiveness” (Hamby, 1973: xix, 233, 315–17, 459). That Hamby ﬁrst analyzed Truman’s leadership style in this context was signiﬁcant because he ultimately became Truman’s most impressive biographer, producing a richly textured portrait that is both more incisive and more measured than anything else.
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A companion to Harry S. Truman by Daniel S. Margolies