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Truman : The Rise To Power

Miller , Richard Lawrence

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ISBN 10: 0070421854 / ISBN 13: 9780070421851
Published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1986
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Truman : The Rise To Power

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus

Edition: First Edition

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Containing previously unknown and unpublished information about his years before the White House, this extensive biography offers a fresh perspective by disputing many widely held beliefs and dealing candidly with his controversial political connections

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In a controversial revision of recent Truman scholarship, Miller challenges the down-home, plain-speaking image of Harry S. Truman, charging that the Missouri haberdasher who became president was a "machine politician, involved in shady personal and political dealings." Detailing and emphasizing involvements which, he argues, the "Truman Establishment" has down-played, Miller portrays HST as a practical politician who, to assure his power base, played a key role in Boss Tom Prendergast's Missouri machine of the 1920s and '30s. In later life, Truman denied any wrongdoing out of apparent guilt over having served as "an honest front protecting the power of thieves and murderers." His constant struggle to balance machine needs and his own vision of the public good makes Truman a more human figure, concludes Miller. The biography includes views on Truman's "life plan," based on his reading as a youth, and the role of his Freemason beliefs in the making of public policy. This is Miller's first book. For specialists. Photos not seen by PW. Major ad/promo. December 232
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