On April 12, 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was serving his fourth term as president of the United States, died suddenly. Many of Roosevelt's close advisers worried about the ability of the vice president, Harry S. Truman, to take over as chief executive; especially since the country was in the midst of World War II and Truman, a plain-speaking Missourian, seemed to lack Roosevelt's sophistication and political skills. History would prove such concerns unfounded. Over the next eight years, President Truman would be called on to make some of the most momentous decisions and craft some of the most important U.S. policies of the 20th century. And, historians generally agree, he performed his job with great distinction. The values and habits Truman learned during his childhood in Missouri (honesty, hard work, taking responsibility for one's actions) served him well in the White House. This book details the formative years of America's 33rd president.
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