Truman in the White House: The Diary of Eben A. Ayers

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As assistant press secretary to President Harry S. Truman, Eben A. Ayers brought with him twenty-six years of experience as a newspaperman.  He knew when he had a good story and knew how to record it.  His private diary, which he kept unbeknownst to his associates, tells the inside story of the Truman White House clearly, colorfully, and with an acute sense of history.

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Robert H. Ferrell is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He is the author and editor of many books, most recently Truman:  A Centenary Remembrance, Woodrow Wilson and World War I, and Banners in the Air.

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Ayers, who was assistant White House press secretary from 1945 through most of 1950, begins his voluminous diary with the words "President Roosevelt died today." Here he describes the confusion and uncertainty of the White House as the new president organized his administration and oversaw the conclusion of the war in Europe and Asia. Ayers offers no major revelations on such issues of the day as the unification of the armed services, labor conflicts, the Korean War. Instead, the considerable attraction of the diary (edited to one-quarter of its original length) lies in his portrait of Harry S. Truman in a casual mode--playing poker, having a drink with cronies and tossing off such remarks as "I don't want power. It means nothing to me." We learn the names of those on Truman's "s-t list" and of men he regarded as "a s. of a b." (most prominent is Charles de Gaulle). Ayers emphasizes the president's tendency to shoot from the hip during press conferences and the staff's struggle to repair the damage that sometimes resulted.
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