Harry Truman has a reputation for being a bit boring. It’s a sentiment I find hard to refute…and yet I found several aspects of his life fascinating.
He possessed no business acumen and almost every venture he attempted failed; he had a reputation for being impeccably honest but was sponsored by a disreputable political boss; and he seemed to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time – on the battlefield and in politics.
You can call me crazy, but in many ways Harry Truman reminds me of a mid-western Calvin Coolidge. The similarities in their lives and personalities are incredibly striking. (But, alas, only Truman was faced with the decision about whether to drop an atomic bomb…)
At the end of his presidency, Truman’s reputation was the poorest of any modern-day president. And yet during the last several decades his legacy has been completely…
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