The Truman presidency /
edited by Michael J. Lacey.
[Washington, D.C.] : Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars ; Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
ix, 458 p. --
0521375592 (Cambridge University Press)
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[Washington, D.C.] : Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars ; Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
0521375592 (Cambridge University Press)
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Papers presented at a symposium at the Wilson Center, Sept. 1984 organized by the Center's Program on American Society and Politics and the staff of the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-04:
A collection of essays resulting from a symposium held in December 1984 to reexamine Truman Administration policies and decisions. Unlike many such volumes that mix nostalgic reminiscences with academic papers, each of the 12 essays in this collection is a solid scholarly study. The essays are preceded by Hamby's suggestive and extraordinarily balanced sketch of Harry Truman's political and intellectual character. Five essays deal with domestic concerns and seven with international questions. They range across interpretive positions from Goodwin's macro-microeconomic analysis of the frustrating search for a "workable" public-private sector relationship in a mixed economy and Pollard's rejection of revisionist arguments concerning the creation of the "national security state," through the middle ground of Kuniholm's and Gaddis's reassessments of containment, to a characteristic Bernstein paper on the Korean War. The result is a provocative and balanced volume. Although there is no bibliography, each paper is richly supported by footnotes; few citations, however, are more recent than 1985. Fully indexed. College, university, and large public libraries. -E. P. Muller, emeritus, Bates College
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1989-07-14:
When Harry Truman retired from office in 1953 he was unpopular; three decades later, the ``Truman renaissance'' spotlighted him as one of our most effective chief executives. These 13 essays, resulting from a symposium sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C., reflect critically on major developments of the Truman era in light of recent scholarship. Alonzo Hamby's paper, ``The Mind and Character of Harry S. Truman,'' is an instructive explanation of the increasingly attractive Truman image: ``To a generation alienated by transparently synthetic and devious leadership, the man who said what he thought and sneered at the pollsters seemed to possess a quality of authenticity that had departed from American political life.'' The other pieces, 10 written by history professors, cover Truman's presidency with special attention to his influence on foreign policy and national defense. A recurring theme in this collection is that Truman's tenure in the White House was characterized by deliberation and judicious restraint rather than the impulsiveness ascribed to the 33th president by revisionist historians. Lacey is a staff member of the Woodrow Wilson International Center. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Written by leading authorities in the fields of the contemporary social, political, and diplomatic history of the United States, the essays in this volume provide a wide-ranging overview of the intentions, achievements, and failures of the Truman administration. Divided into sections on domestic politics and issues, and foreign policy and national defence, the volume gives an authoritative appraisal of some of the major events and problems of the time in the light of recent scholarship. The essays make clear the overriding importance of the wartime experience for the Truman era.
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The essays in this volume provide a wide-ranging overview of the intentions, achievements, and failures of the Truman administration.
Table of Contents
Introduction and summary: the Truman era in retrospect
The mind and character of Harry S. Truman
Domestic Politics and Issues
Forging America's postwar order: domestic politics and political economy in the age of Truman
Attitudes toward industry in the Truman administration: the macroeconomic origins of microeconomic policy
Labor in the Truman era: origins of the 'private welfare state'
Postwar American society: dissent and social reform
'Some sort of peace': President Truman, the American people, and the atomic bomb
Foreign Policy and National Defense
The national security state reconsidered: Truman and economic containment, 1945-1950
The insecurities of victory: the United States and the perception of the Soviet threat after World War II
Alliance and autonomy: European identity and US foreign policy objectives in the Truman years
US policy in the Near East: the triumphs and tribulations of the Truman administration
Toward a post-colonial order: Truman administration policies toward South and Southeast Asia
Occupied Japan and the cold war in Asia
The Truman administration and the Korean War
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