Dear Harry

Truman's Mailroom, 1945-1953

D. Giangreco, Kathryn Moore

 
Publication date:
November 2017
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9780811736787

Dimensions : 233 X 149 mm
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£24.95

Overview
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Americans are not particularly shy about letting politicians know what's on their minds, and, in Harry Truman, they believed that they had a president they could level with. He even sometimes responded personally to them—especially on subjects he felt strongly about.
Today, it seems remarkable that a man who described the presidency as "the most awesome job in the world” would take the time to read and respond to White House mail. Truman, however, had an unquenchable thirst for what his everyday Americans” were thinking, yet distrusted opinion polls. For him, the daily stack of troubles and dreams from places like Skull Bone, Kentucky; Boise, Idaho; and Conway, Florida, provided the next best poll after the voting booth.
In Dear Harry, authors D. M. Giangreco and Kathryn Moore include a robust cross section of the thousands of messages sent to Truman. Juxtaposed with informative background essays, these letters provide an undiluted account of the greatest challenges confronting the U.S. during Truman's adm