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The Washington columnist Mary McGrory once wrote, " Since Harry Truman left town almost nobody has spoken his mind. Mr. Truman took the tradition of plain speaking back to Missouri with him." Fortunately for history, Merle Miller followed. In the early 1960s, as preparation for a ill-fated series of television series, Miller talked in complete frankness with the former pres The Washington columnist Mary McGrory once wrote, " Since Harry Truman left town almost nobody has spoken his mind. Mr. Truman took the tradition of plain speaking back to Missouri with him." Fortunately for history, Merle Miller followed. In the early 1960s, as preparation for a ill-fated series of television series, Miller talked in complete frankness with the former president for hundreds of hours over several months. He also interviewed many people who had been close to Truman from his childhood in Independence, Missouri through his years in Washington. While the television programs never materialized, the book Miller composed from his unprecedented conversations offers an intimate and riveting portrait of one of America's most remarkable presidents, illuminating Truman's early political career and surprising path to the White House, as well as the critical events and momentous decisions that shaped his years in power. The subject's candid comments on the characters of Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and others add a feisty edge to the reflections and opinions that enliven this rich, revealing book. All in all, this is a rare, human, and often very funny evocation of the life and times of an American president.


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The Washington columnist Mary McGrory once wrote, " Since Harry Truman left town almost nobody has spoken his mind. Mr. Truman took the tradition of plain speaking back to Missouri with him." Fortunately for history, Merle Miller followed. In the early 1960s, as preparation for a ill-fated series of television series, Miller talked in complete frankness with the former pres The Washington columnist Mary McGrory once wrote, " Since Harry Truman left town almost nobody has spoken his mind. Mr. Truman took the tradition of plain speaking back to Missouri with him." Fortunately for history, Merle Miller followed. In the early 1960s, as preparation for a ill-fated series of television series, Miller talked in complete frankness with the former president for hundreds of hours over several months. He also interviewed many people who had been close to Truman from his childhood in Independence, Missouri through his years in Washington. While the television programs never materialized, the book Miller composed from his unprecedented conversations offers an intimate and riveting portrait of one of America's most remarkable presidents, illuminating Truman's early political career and surprising path to the White House, as well as the critical events and momentous decisions that shaped his years in power. The subject's candid comments on the characters of Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and others add a feisty edge to the reflections and opinions that enliven this rich, revealing book. All in all, this is a rare, human, and often very funny evocation of the life and times of an American president.

30 review for Plain Speaking: an Oral Biography of Harry S Truman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Sharpnack

    This is one of those books I’ve owned for years but hadn’t read yet. I thought I could clear a space in a book shelf for another book. It turns out that it’s going back to its spot on the shelf. I enjoyed it so much, b/c you feel like you are talking to Mr. Truman throughout this book, which is based on a series of filmed interviews for a proposed television series in the early 60’s. The TV series never got aired, although months of filming were done, so Mr. Miller wrote this book based on the in This is one of those books I’ve owned for years but hadn’t read yet. I thought I could clear a space in a book shelf for another book. It turns out that it’s going back to its spot on the shelf. I enjoyed it so much, b/c you feel like you are talking to Mr. Truman throughout this book, which is based on a series of filmed interviews for a proposed television series in the early 60’s. The TV series never got aired, although months of filming were done, so Mr. Miller wrote this book based on the interviews. There are enjoyable discussions of all the highlights of Truman’s presidency, along w/ lots of colorful quotes. The book was published in 1974, at the height of Watergate, and Mr. Miller never misses an opportunity to contrast Mr. Truman w/ Mr. Nixon. I’ve always been a fan of Harry’s, and am intimately familiar w/ the geographic area of the old Truman family farm, as I grew up close to the Truman Sports Complex in Raytown, MO, the KC suburb between Grandview (where the family farm was) and Independence (where Truman spent most of his long life). I remember visiting his library as a child, and seeing the news footage of him on a daily walk, usually on VE Day — his birthday, coincidentally— or Christmas. Many of the folks interviewed for the series had remained Harry’s lifelong friends and all stated that being in Washington as a Senator, Vice President, and President didn’t change him in the least. He refused to lend his name, sit on any boards, or give lectures b/c he felt that would be profiting by his presidency, which would be wrong. As badly as Harry hated Nixon, one can only imagine how he’d feel about Trump.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    This is a fun read because it's like you're sitting next to Truman listening to an interview. You really get a sense for his personality. It's important to note that Miller conducted these interviews near the end of Truman's life--his recollections are not always totally accurate. David McCullough also comments that Truman was a bit more acerbic during the interviews (perhaps based on his age or a desire to make a point forcefully) than his overall history would suggest. But with its flaws, this This is a fun read because it's like you're sitting next to Truman listening to an interview. You really get a sense for his personality. It's important to note that Miller conducted these interviews near the end of Truman's life--his recollections are not always totally accurate. David McCullough also comments that Truman was a bit more acerbic during the interviews (perhaps based on his age or a desire to make a point forcefully) than his overall history would suggest. But with its flaws, this is a great book to introduce Truman to a new reader or gain additional insights into this great man's life.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brandon O'Neill

    Thanks to my Uncle Steve for dropping this off to me this summer. It was based on an in-depth set of interviews Miller did with Truman for a TV show that never came to be (the networks were not interested - can you imagine that happening now?). It has been said before, and I am thinking rightly after reading this, that Truman was the last regular guy in the presidency. He said he always did what he believed to be right, regardless of the criticism, trusting that the truth will eventually come o Thanks to my Uncle Steve for dropping this off to me this summer. It was based on an in-depth set of interviews Miller did with Truman for a TV show that never came to be (the networks were not interested - can you imagine that happening now?). It has been said before, and I am thinking rightly after reading this, that Truman was the last regular guy in the presidency. He said he always did what he believed to be right, regardless of the criticism, trusting that the truth will eventually come out and people won't be fooled for long. I've been to his presidential library in Independence, and it is really worth a visit.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    I loved this book. It was written in the last stage of Truman's life and it is occasionally cited as a primary source in other biographies and histories. Highly recommend. I loved this book. It was written in the last stage of Truman's life and it is occasionally cited as a primary source in other biographies and histories. Highly recommend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tom Rowe

    Several years ago, I visited the Truman Library in Independence, MO. I got to talking to a man staying at the same hotel about Harry Truman. He came to see the library also. He told me that Plain Speaking was the best book on Truman. He was not far from the truth. If you are new to the nation's 33rd president, I would recommend David McCullough's Truman. However, to get to the voice and personality of Truman, read, no, listen to this book. Miller's book is like no other presidential biography I h Several years ago, I visited the Truman Library in Independence, MO. I got to talking to a man staying at the same hotel about Harry Truman. He came to see the library also. He told me that Plain Speaking was the best book on Truman. He was not far from the truth. If you are new to the nation's 33rd president, I would recommend David McCullough's Truman. However, to get to the voice and personality of Truman, read, no, listen to this book. Miller's book is like no other presidential biography I have ever read. Miller sat down with Truman to create a series of TV shows that never came to be. He took what he had recorded, transcribed it, mixed it with other interviews he had conducted, and came up with this amazingly insightful oral history. It felt as if I were sitting next to the former president as he would talk about his life, his presidency, and other presidents throughout history. With other books, I understood what and why Truman did what he did. With this book, I understand who Truman was. I highly recommend the Audible version of the book, read by Chris Ciulla. He does an incredible job capturing the tone and mannerisms of Truman's voice. It feels very real. Now I'm waiting for the world to reopen, as well as the Truman Library to reopen as it is undergoing renovations. I'm sure as I make the 4 hour drive back to Independence, I will be listening to this audiobook again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Plain Speaking is an excellent book for anyone interested in Harry S. Truman. The author, Merle Miller not only interviews Truman but many of his contemporaries including a former teacher from Independence, Missouri and past Truman administration officials. The book is at its best when Truman describes how he fired former General Douglas Macarthur and why he was confident that he would beat Thomas Dewey in the 1948 election. One incident shows the peril in underestimating Truman. As President, T Plain Speaking is an excellent book for anyone interested in Harry S. Truman. The author, Merle Miller not only interviews Truman but many of his contemporaries including a former teacher from Independence, Missouri and past Truman administration officials. The book is at its best when Truman describes how he fired former General Douglas Macarthur and why he was confident that he would beat Thomas Dewey in the 1948 election. One incident shows the peril in underestimating Truman. As President, Truman was challenged to respond to an obscure Latin phrase by the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Truman diplomatically informed the Chief Justice that his obscure Latin phrase was incorrect. This book had meaning for me since a lot of my ancestors are from Missouri and reflect the ethics and values in Plain Speaking.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    I loved this book so much. So inspiring and really makes me strive to be a more straightforward person and one who is confident in my own decisions. My dad was always a great admirer of Harry Truman and now I am, too. Wonderful!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Neyly

    Plain Speaking straddles a line between autobiography and biography. It fits in neither slot. As autobiography, Mr. Truman speaks "his truth." As biography, the author and related others speak theirs. Thoughts: *The in-his-own-words biography makes Mr. Truman accessible rather than nothing more and definitely nothing less than the 33rd President of the United States. *Definitely some "plain speaking" contained therein. I doubt any politician (much less president) would be quite as forthcoming toda Plain Speaking straddles a line between autobiography and biography. It fits in neither slot. As autobiography, Mr. Truman speaks "his truth." As biography, the author and related others speak theirs. Thoughts: *The in-his-own-words biography makes Mr. Truman accessible rather than nothing more and definitely nothing less than the 33rd President of the United States. *Definitely some "plain speaking" contained therein. I doubt any politician (much less president) would be quite as forthcoming today. *History gets mentioned in brief with the assumption that you already know background details. Umm, not so much. On the other hand, I now certainly understand why Truman fired General McArthur: "I fired him because he wouldn't respect the authority of the President. I didn't fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that's not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail." *No photos of Mr. Truman through the years. A definite loss. *Excellent organization starting with Truman's "happy childhood" (but no photos) *The author Merle Miller could not be more of a fan of Truman if he tried. Recommend: Well, someone recommended it to me, so I guess I should pass that recommendation along to others.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan O

    I really enjoyed reading this book. The only thing that kept it from being a higher rating is the possibility that Truman's quotes weren't accurate. In a few reviews I read it was stated that the book did not match the tapes that are being kept at the Truman library. I have not verified this myself, so don't know how true it is. That being said it was a delightful read. It seems very true to the picture I had developed in my mind after reading Truman by David McCullough. The book consists of tra I really enjoyed reading this book. The only thing that kept it from being a higher rating is the possibility that Truman's quotes weren't accurate. In a few reviews I read it was stated that the book did not match the tapes that are being kept at the Truman library. I have not verified this myself, so don't know how true it is. That being said it was a delightful read. It seems very true to the picture I had developed in my mind after reading Truman by David McCullough. The book consists of transcripts of taped interviews with Harry Truman made over a period of a couple of years in the 1960s with the intention of creating a series of TV episodes about Truman. The author also interviewed people that knew Truman in his childhood and during his time in the White House. The series did not happen and the interviews were then used to produce this book. Taking in to account the possible inaccuracies of the transcripts and human memory, this is still a worthy read. It helps to complete a picture of a man who's service to his country is more appreciated now than at the time of his service.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Plain Speaking is aptly titled. This is an interview, Q&A, format book. Occasionally, other individuals are heard from, but for the most part it is Truman retelling his own history growing up, working, as a senator and eventually as President of the United States, and briefly the days following. Truman to me seemed like a no-nonsense sort of guy who made decisions well and understood his role well as a leader of the people. Remarks historically of Truman possessing strong crisis leadership seems Plain Speaking is aptly titled. This is an interview, Q&A, format book. Occasionally, other individuals are heard from, but for the most part it is Truman retelling his own history growing up, working, as a senator and eventually as President of the United States, and briefly the days following. Truman to me seemed like a no-nonsense sort of guy who made decisions well and understood his role well as a leader of the people. Remarks historically of Truman possessing strong crisis leadership seems valid. Despite arriving to the Presidency sort of by default, I was impressed with the body of knowledge he had regarding about every preceding President. That said, every president he mentioned, and there were many, he predominantly spoke of their failures (not only Presidents, but also Generals). He clearly took great pride in himself, in how and where he was raised. The history of the United States was very important to him and his opinions on people were strong and yet towards himself, he was modest and often praised others rather than himself for successes. There is a fair amount of discourse on the Korean War and wiretapping that occurred after WWII and rightfully so, yet surprised the steel workers labor dispute was not mentioned at all. He seemed like a man that if you spent time with him, he would want to listen to you more than speak, yet you would be most interested in his assessment for he possessed strong skills in assessing character. I definitely don’t think I’m finished reading about Truman as I would like to better understand why so many think he is one of the greatest presidents, since Truman definitely was not one to call himself great.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Ah, Harry Truman. I admit, when I read the introduction to this book I thought Merle Miller was off his rocker. The intro was filled with accolades and praise. It seemed over the top. However, after reading Plain Speaking I too am a happy drinker of the Truman kool-aid. I ADORE this man! Truman was a well read, no-nonsense, honest man who lived life simply and humbly. He was a man who always said what he meant and meant what he said. He was a man who strived to do what he believed was the right Ah, Harry Truman. I admit, when I read the introduction to this book I thought Merle Miller was off his rocker. The intro was filled with accolades and praise. It seemed over the top. However, after reading Plain Speaking I too am a happy drinker of the Truman kool-aid. I ADORE this man! Truman was a well read, no-nonsense, honest man who lived life simply and humbly. He was a man who always said what he meant and meant what he said. He was a man who strived to do what he believed was the right thing. An example of how to live a life. So, as I say with all the books I really love, everyone should read this. It is a great read. Admittedly I wanted to nudge Miller when he didn't dive further into the death of Truman's father, but Truman had a take over type of personality and simply would not expand his answers to certain questions, I could understand that. I would have loved to see the documentary they were planning to do. It is a shame that Truman had negative thoughts about it even though his feelings were understandable. He didn't consider himself a big deal, only the position that he held. He never wanted to be considered a "high hat" and never wanted to come across as fake or a showman. He had no cause for concern. Truman worked at the White House and then went back home to Independence, Missouri where he quietly lived out the rest of his life. He wouldn't have had it any other way.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pammy

    The interview work that originally occurred to assist in the production of a television series about President Harry S. Truman. The series concept lost momentum and history nearly lost the amazing stories told by Truman and virtually all those close to him during his entire life. Merle Miller, interviewer extraordinaire, pulled this oral autobiography of Truman as if this written format was the right approach all along. I knew very little about President Truman as I began the book...it was a rec The interview work that originally occurred to assist in the production of a television series about President Harry S. Truman. The series concept lost momentum and history nearly lost the amazing stories told by Truman and virtually all those close to him during his entire life. Merle Miller, interviewer extraordinaire, pulled this oral autobiography of Truman as if this written format was the right approach all along. I knew very little about President Truman as I began the book...it was a recommendation made by a friend. The interviews were done 20 years after Truman left the White House, and his recall and eloquence is spot-on. The part I liked best was the realization that this humble man was brilliantly educated, yet his formal education was only through high school. The interviews show him to be humble, reflective, insightful, candid, cunning, and clever. Good things to discover about a president...any president.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Well, Truman certainly had his share of crises . . . succeeding FDR, Korea, Israel, dropping the bomb, firing MacArther etc. But he managed with confidence and actionable decisions which he never questioned. I thought the author Miller was a bit too stuck on himself (Miller) and that turned me off a bit. Two surprises (1) what remains puzzling to me is why Truman hated Ike so much. In the biography of Eisenhower by Ambrose and in Crusade for Europe by Eisenhower, no such animosity was mentioned. Well, Truman certainly had his share of crises . . . succeeding FDR, Korea, Israel, dropping the bomb, firing MacArther etc. But he managed with confidence and actionable decisions which he never questioned. I thought the author Miller was a bit too stuck on himself (Miller) and that turned me off a bit. Two surprises (1) what remains puzzling to me is why Truman hated Ike so much. In the biography of Eisenhower by Ambrose and in Crusade for Europe by Eisenhower, no such animosity was mentioned. Truman denies ever offering support to Ike as a candidate for president while both Ambrose and Ike both report the support in their works, and (2) Truman's destruction of files relating to Marshall, Ike and Kay Summersby. I'll let you read that for yourself.

  14. 5 out of 5

    JCB

    I read this ages ago and thought it a great read. Thumbed through it again recently and was still engaged. I've always thought Truman one of the better presidents, and his Missouri roots were always given some attention as to why Truman was so 'plain speaking', and such a well respected president. It's a shame now that those same Missouri roots have now veered way off from Truman's values, as it becomes more and more 'red' in its horrible politics. Wonder what Harry would have thought about the I read this ages ago and thought it a great read. Thumbed through it again recently and was still engaged. I've always thought Truman one of the better presidents, and his Missouri roots were always given some attention as to why Truman was so 'plain speaking', and such a well respected president. It's a shame now that those same Missouri roots have now veered way off from Truman's values, as it becomes more and more 'red' in its horrible politics. Wonder what Harry would have thought about the current conditions of politics now in his home state, as well as what he thought about the current occupant of the WH. I'm gonna go out on a limb, and say that he would think the same as what he thought about Richard Nixon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I've never read such an honest, eye-opening, life-changing biography. Merle Miller asks great questions and Truman does not disappoint. I am a teacher and I use some of the personal incidents Truman discusses for teaching aids...like the humanity he showed a sergeant who went out of his head during an attack during WWII and ran off. While Truman was pushed to court marshall the man, he decided to give him a second chance, saying that you have to have faith in people...otherwise you have nothing. I've never read such an honest, eye-opening, life-changing biography. Merle Miller asks great questions and Truman does not disappoint. I am a teacher and I use some of the personal incidents Truman discusses for teaching aids...like the humanity he showed a sergeant who went out of his head during an attack during WWII and ran off. While Truman was pushed to court marshall the man, he decided to give him a second chance, saying that you have to have faith in people...otherwise you have nothing. As it turns out, Truman made the right call: the once dishonoured man did make a good life for himself.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Interesting book as Truman reflects back over his years in the presidency. He admits he made some mistakes, but I think he grew and developed character through his experiences. Nothing pretentious about Harry Truman.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David

    This was the best way to get the real story from Harry Truman. Just put a tape recorder in front of him and let him talk. In his folksy way, Truman told the fascinating stoy of his life and his presidency.

  18. 4 out of 5

    S.A. Hartman

    I now admire Truman even more than I did before reading the book. Also, I better understand his decisions regarding the Atomic bomb which was always some that bothered mean, especially after visting Hiroshima.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Million

    Oral interviews with President Truman in the 1950s. He was candid about many personalities and issues in politics, as one would expect from him.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Latham

    I did not expect to like a presidential biography this much, but it's engaging, easy to read, and Truman is without hubris...so refreshing in a political figure. Really a great book! I did not expect to like a presidential biography this much, but it's engaging, easy to read, and Truman is without hubris...so refreshing in a political figure. Really a great book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cinthia F

    This was surprisingly interesting to me. Published in 1973, after interviews with Truman in the 60's by Merle Miller, the author, the story about Truman's political career is surprisingly similar to the political situation of today. Comparisons could be drawn between Truman and Trump, though they are on opposite sides of the political aisle. Both could be said to be plain-speaking, although I think Truman is much more honest than Trump. Truman complains about the media's inaccurate reporting in This was surprisingly interesting to me. Published in 1973, after interviews with Truman in the 60's by Merle Miller, the author, the story about Truman's political career is surprisingly similar to the political situation of today. Comparisons could be drawn between Truman and Trump, though they are on opposite sides of the political aisle. Both could be said to be plain-speaking, although I think Truman is much more honest than Trump. Truman complains about the media's inaccurate reporting in the 40's! Not much has changed since then. He also talks about how politicians make decisions based on how it will affect voting in the next election rather than what is the right thing to do. Oh, if only we could have a Truman today. Very smart man, even though I don't think he even finished college. He was very well read, reading books I would never even think of reading - books on philosophy, lots of biographies, Shakespeare. He says you can learn a lot about people in these books. Good read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Very readable series of interviews with Harry Truman while retired to Missouri Fleshed out with text of speeches or other material referred to in the book. Quite a refreshing contrast to politics of today, lemme tell ya. So many other stories and articles pictured Harry as a sort of country bumpkin..... Nothing could be further from the truth!! Harry was extremely well read in history and politics and even poetry. And he often refers to lessons from the history he's read as a basis for a politica Very readable series of interviews with Harry Truman while retired to Missouri Fleshed out with text of speeches or other material referred to in the book. Quite a refreshing contrast to politics of today, lemme tell ya. So many other stories and articles pictured Harry as a sort of country bumpkin..... Nothing could be further from the truth!! Harry was extremely well read in history and politics and even poetry. And he often refers to lessons from the history he's read as a basis for a political decision, or the basis for a characterization of a current-day (well, in the 1950s and 1960s) pol. So he didn't just read something once and forget it; his memory was excellent! Just because someone did not make the 'clever' or politically 'cagey' decisions does not mean he was a rube, folks. We could dearly use about a thousand clones of Mr Truman today and set them loose on a faltering American society.

  23. 4 out of 5

    KennyO

    I was born while Harry Truman was the U.S. President. As I became an adult and traveled I was struck by how little we had been taught about him in schools. In my mid-twenties I resolved to remedy at least some of that and this book was one of several I chose. The chronology and cataloguing of events and facts was easy enough to find but those told little about the man and his character. Merle Miller did a wonderful job of so much more than introducing us to the Missouri haberdasher who was never I was born while Harry Truman was the U.S. President. As I became an adult and traveled I was struck by how little we had been taught about him in schools. In my mid-twenties I resolved to remedy at least some of that and this book was one of several I chose. The chronology and cataloguing of events and facts was easy enough to find but those told little about the man and his character. Merle Miller did a wonderful job of so much more than introducing us to the Missouri haberdasher who was never inclined to leave work to others that he could do himself. This book is the result of many hours of one-on-one interviews Miller had with Truman after he left office. I loved it through more than one reading so it must be time to move this over to my read-it-again-soon shelves.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I have not read the full thing but I have read the google preview a few times. It is one of the best books I have ever read. Like all of the other reviews say, it is like you are speaking to Harry S. Truman and the witnesses of people who know him. Mr. Truman was a man I admire very very much. He did have some racist remarks here and there, but that fuels my fascination with him. What I mean by that is Truman was for Civil Rights, but he was also against it. Harry Truman is my favorite person.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Owen Goldin

    The book allows us sit and share a "libation" with Harry, who tells it as it is. off the cuff. His own narrative of his life is selective -- whose isn't? -- and a more complicated story of his presidency can no doubt be told, but the book remains a refreshing reminder that a decisive, principled. well-read and honest president remains a possibility The book allows us sit and share a "libation" with Harry, who tells it as it is. off the cuff. His own narrative of his life is selective -- whose isn't? -- and a more complicated story of his presidency can no doubt be told, but the book remains a refreshing reminder that a decisive, principled. well-read and honest president remains a possibility

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linnet

    After the last four years, it was a pleasure (and novelty) to read about a president who never lied and who always did what he considered to be the right thing (whether anyone else did or not.) Harry never worried or wondered if he should have done what he chose to do because he always tried to do the right thing. Presidents in our present day could learn a lot from Harry!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Lombardo

    This is the second time that I have read this book. I read it after it was first published, either in book form or serialized in a newspaper. I loved it then and I still love it. The book is very informative and highly entertaining. Truman was one of our greatest presidents. I intend to read -- or re-read -- more books about him. I wish he was still alive!

  28. 4 out of 5

    J. Bryce

    Guesstimating when I read this, but it was soon after I saw the stage play, Give Em Hell Harry, so I think around 1980. My first experience with "oral history," and I really enjoyed it. Guesstimating when I read this, but it was soon after I saw the stage play, Give Em Hell Harry, so I think around 1980. My first experience with "oral history," and I really enjoyed it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    #46 of 120 books pledged to read during 2018

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    A tonic for our time. They don't make 'em like Harry Truman anymore -- or at least we don't elect 'em. Too bad for us. A tonic for our time. They don't make 'em like Harry Truman anymore -- or at least we don't elect 'em. Too bad for us.

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