harry s. truman

crosswaysintime  asked:

I know a guy who is planning on running a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game on a forum I frequent. In the game, we would play from the perspective of Harry Truman, making decisions and running the country. Can you recommend any books on Truman and his administration that I can forward to the guy planning on running the CYOA?

The main one would be David McCullough’s Truman (BOOK | KINDLE), which is the definitive Truman biography, in my opinion.

Some other suggestions:
Harry S. Truman (BOOK | KINDLE) by Margaret Truman [President Truman’s daughter and only child.]
Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman by Merle Miller
Off the Record: The Private Papers of Harry S. Truman edited by Robert H. Ferrell [This book features some really interesting letters and memos that Truman wrote, often while angry, but later thought better of and never mailed.]
1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America by David Pietrusza [Focusing on the 1948 “Dewey Defeats Truman” campaign.]
Two Americans: Truman, Eisenhower, and a Dangerous World (BOOK | KINDLE) by William Lee Miller [Focuses on the volatile relationship between Truman and Eisenhower which was heated throughout both of their Presidencies and only cooled after President Kennedy’s assassination.]
The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War (BOOK | KINDLE) by H.W. Brands [This one is about the even more volatile relationship between President Truman and General Douglas MacArthur, which resulted in Truman firing MacArthur during the Korean War.]

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