Harry S. Truman by Margaret Truman
(Pocket Books, 1974, 660 pages)
Harry S. Truman is a biography of the 33rd President of the United States written from the unique perspective of his only child, Margaret Truman. Margaret Truman has written 24 murder mysteries and several non-fiction books, including other books on her father and her mother, Bess Truman. Ms. Truman used not only her father’s papers and Presidential Library to write this biography, but also injects her own memories. Harry S. Truman opens in 1948 with Harry Truman’s presidential campaign. The book then flashes back to Harry Truman’s earlier life and career in Independence, MO. The majority of Harry S. Truman covers the White House years.
In Harry S. Truman, Margaret Truman reveals some interesting facts about her father. For example, Harry Truman believed that the White House was haunted and often referred to the ghosts. Also, on election night in 1948, Harry Truman went to bed early while Margaret and her mother, Bess, stayed up until the wee hours of the morning waiting for the election results. Harry Truman believed in “early to bed, early to rise.” Ms. Truman also discusses President Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb. President Truman felt that by dropping the bomb he was saving 250,000 American military lives.
Harry S. Truman is comprehensive look at the Truman White House years. The story flows smoothly and covers many aspects of life in the White House and the start of the Cold War. This book is recommended for readers of biography and U.S. history.