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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.]


Colonel Sanders and the Gas Station Gunfight

Before Colonel Sanders became the iconic American figure famous for his Kentucky Fried Chicken, he was a young man named Harland Sanders, and he was certainly a man who took shit from nobody. Harland Sanders got his start as a businessman when he became the owner of a Shell gas station in Corbin, Kentucky in 1930. Sanders’ gas station also included a small diner where he served country ham, biscuits, and steaks. Down the street from Sanders’ station was his business rival, Matt Stewart, who operated his own Standard Oil gas station and competed with Sanders for customers. The two men quickly went from business rivals to mortal enemies, and it was only a matter of time before there would be blood.

The two men came to blows when Sanders painted a large sign advertising his business on billboard near a local railroad. Stewart responded by painting over Sanders’ sign. In response Sanders confronted Stewart, angrily threatening to “shoot his goddamn head off”. Sanders repainted the sign, but became enraged when Stewart once again painted over it. 

Determined to end the situation once and for all, Sanders decided to confront Stewart with a grand show of force that would cow him into submission. Sanders and two heavily armed Shell officials named Robert Gibson and H. D. Shelburne set off in a car to Stewarts gas station.  They expect the sight of three men with loaded weapons would be enough to intimidate Stewart. However Stewart opened fire on the men with a revolver as soon as they arrived, killing Robert Gibson. A gun battle ensued, but in the end the two men got the drop on Stewart, with Shelburne shooting him in the hip and Sanders shooting him in the shoulder.  Stewart surrendered, and despite his wounds survived the gunfight.  However he was charged and convicted for the murder of Robert Gibson, resulting in an 18 year prison sentence. Neither Sanders nor Shelburne were charged with a crime.

Harland Sanders continued to run hi gas station and diner. In 1935 Sanders discovered a way to fry chicken using pressure cookers, a method which allowed him to cook the chicken fast enough to serve to his customers. The rest is Kentucky Fried history.

I will honestly never recover. Let’s review:

-Making out on the bed, hard breathing, almost on top of each other?

-“I missed you so much when you went inside” I’ve never seen Robert so vulnerable before omfg

-Mutual I love you (always painful thanks ed)

-The look on Aaron’s face after Robert mentioned the prison visit…Aaron knows what’s coming. At the very least he knows it’s really, really BAD.

-Roberts unbuttoned and untucked shirt

-Aaron’s amazing fluffy hair


Solar System: Things to Know This Week

With only four months left in the mission, Cassini is busy at Saturn. The upcoming cargo launch, anniversaries and more!

As our Cassini spacecraft made its first-ever dive through the gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017, one of its imaging cameras took a series of rapid-fire images that were used to make this movie sequence. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Hampton University

1-3. The Grand Finale

Our Cassini spacecraft has begun its final mission at Saturn. Some dates to note:

  • May 28, 2017: Cassini makes its riskiest ring crossing as it ventures deeper into Saturn’s innermost ring (D ring).
  • June 29, 2017: On this day in 2004, the Cassini orbiter and its travel companion the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe arrived at Saturn.
  • September 15, 2017: In a final, spectacular dive, Cassini will plunge into Saturn - beaming science data about Saturn’s atmosphere back to Earth to the last second. It’s all over at 5:08 a.m. PDT.

4. Cargo Launch to the International Space Station

June 1, 2017: Target date of the cargo launch. The uncrewed Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 from Launch Complex 39A at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The payload includes NICER, an instrument to measure neutron stars, and ROSA, a Roll-Out Solar Array that will test a new solar panel that rolls open in space like a party favor.

5. Sojourner

July 4, 2017: Twenty years ago, a wagon-sized rover named Sojourner blazed the trail for future Mars explorers - both robots and, one day, humans. Take a trip back in time to the vintage Mars Pathfinder websites:

6. Voyager

August 20, 2017: Forty years and still going strong, our twin Voyagers mark 40 years since they left Earth.

7. Total Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017: All of North America will be treated to a rare celestial event: a total solar eclipse. The path of totality runs from Oregon to South Carolina.

8. From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Light a candle for the man who took rocketry from science fiction to science fact. On this day in 1882, Robert H. Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

9. Looking at the Moon

October 28, 2017: Howl (or look) at the moon with the rest of the world. It’s time for the annual International Observe the Moon Night.

10. Last Human on the Moon

December 13, 2017: Forty-five years ago, Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan left the last human footprint on the moon.

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