The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman?s first four months in office, when this unlikely, small-town Washington outsider had to take on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and the atomic bomb, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of l The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman?s first four months in office, when this unlikely, small-town ...

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Title:The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World
Author:A.J. Baime
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Genres:History
ISBN:0544617347
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World Reviews

  • Bigmg
    Oct 15, 2017

    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945,...

    "Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. Baime His first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President. But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agre...

    Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first 1/3 of the book provides a background while the final 2/3 captures Truman?s first four months in office most notably as Commander-in-Chief during t...

    Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley. This was a brilliant biography of Truman, concerning the first four months of his presidency. It briefly covers a few months prior to Roosevelt?s death, so we understand how Truman came to make the de...

    This is a popularized history book about Harry Truman and the tumultuous first four months of his presidency. There was a lot more about Truman's history than I expected, stopping in its tracks the story of the first four months, but the background was helpful to get a measure of the m...

    Very well written and researched, with vivid scenes and one detail about the bomb that was new to me. (Hard to do...I've read quite a bit about it) Considering who is president as I write this, it's a bit depressing, but that's not the author's fault! ...

    Right Man, Right Time Harry S Truman has been one of the most forgotten presidents of the 20th Century. Standing in the shadow of FDR, it's easy to see why. But my cynicism of FDR is well founded, especially when in his 4th term the events of his hapless arrogance threw this nobody fr...

  • Brian Williams
    Nov 13, 2017

    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945,...

    "Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. Baime His first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President. But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agre...

    Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first 1/3 of the book provides a background while the final 2/3 captures Truman?s first four months in office most notably as Commander-in-Chief during t...

    Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley. This was a brilliant biography of Truman, concerning the first four months of his presidency. It briefly covers a few months prior to Roosevelt?s death, so we understand how Truman came to make the de...

    This is a popularized history book about Harry Truman and the tumultuous first four months of his presidency. There was a lot more about Truman's history than I expected, stopping in its tracks the story of the first four months, but the background was helpful to get a measure of the m...

    Very well written and researched, with vivid scenes and one detail about the bomb that was new to me. (Hard to do...I've read quite a bit about it) Considering who is president as I write this, it's a bit depressing, but that's not the author's fault! ...

    Right Man, Right Time Harry S Truman has been one of the most forgotten presidents of the 20th Century. Standing in the shadow of FDR, it's easy to see why. But my cynicism of FDR is well founded, especially when in his 4th term the events of his hapless arrogance threw this nobody fr...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It?s a readable account of the initial several months of the Truman presidency, from April 1945 through to the Japanese surrender in September 1945. It?s scholarly without being stuffy. The first chapter details President Roosevelt?s failing hea...

  • Mark Mortensen
    Nov 28, 2017

    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945,...

    "Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. Baime His first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President. But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agre...

    Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first 1/3 of the book provides a background while the final 2/3 captures Truman?s first four months in office most notably as Commander-in-Chief during t...

  • Zora
    Jan 11, 2018

    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945,...

    "Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. Baime His first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President. But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agre...

    Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first 1/3 of the book provides a background while the final 2/3 captures Truman?s first four months in office most notably as Commander-in-Chief during t...

    Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley. This was a brilliant biography of Truman, concerning the first four months of his presidency. It briefly covers a few months prior to Roosevelt?s death, so we understand how Truman came to make the de...

    This is a popularized history book about Harry Truman and the tumultuous first four months of his presidency. There was a lot more about Truman's history than I expected, stopping in its tracks the story of the first four months, but the background was helpful to get a measure of the m...

    Very well written and researched, with vivid scenes and one detail about the bomb that was new to me. (Hard to do...I've read quite a bit about it) Considering who is president as I write this, it's a bit depressing, but that's not the author's fault! ...

  • Jill Meyer
    Sep 02, 2017

    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945,...

    "Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. Baime His first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President. But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agre...

    Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first 1/3 of the book provides a background while the final 2/3 captures Truman?s first four months in office most notably as Commander-in-Chief during t...

    Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley. This was a brilliant biography of Truman, concerning the first four months of his presidency. It briefly covers a few months prior to Roosevelt?s death, so we understand how Truman came to make the de...

    This is a popularized history book about Harry Truman and the tumultuous first four months of his presidency. There was a lot more about Truman's history than I expected, stopping in its tracks the story of the first four months, but the background was helpful to get a measure of the m...

    Very well written and researched, with vivid scenes and one detail about the bomb that was new to me. (Hard to do...I've read quite a bit about it) Considering who is president as I write this, it's a bit depressing, but that's not the author's fault! ...

    Right Man, Right Time Harry S Truman has been one of the most forgotten presidents of the 20th Century. Standing in the shadow of FDR, it's easy to see why. But my cynicism of FDR is well founded, especially when in his 4th term the events of his hapless arrogance threw this nobody fr...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It?s a readable account of the initial several months of the Truman presidency, from April 1945 through to the Japanese surrender in September 1945. It?s scholarly without being stuffy. The first chapter details President Roosevelt?s failing hea...

    Albert Baime?s ?The Accidental President? is a portrait of Truman during the first four months of his administration, from FDR?s death on 12 April 1945 until 14 August 1945, when Japan?s surrender was made public. The book is dedicated to the author?s father ?who ? ...

    It is not until April 25, 1945 (or page 167 of A.J. Baime's "The Accidental President), that newly inaugurated president Harry Truman was told about the US development of the atomic bomb. That was nearly two weeks after Truman succeeded Franklin Roosevelt, who had died on April 12th. (...

  • Italo Italophiles
    Oct 25, 2017

    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945,...

    "Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. Baime His first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President. But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agre...

    Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first 1/3 of the book provides a background while the final 2/3 captures Truman?s first four months in office most notably as Commander-in-Chief during t...

    Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley. This was a brilliant biography of Truman, concerning the first four months of his presidency. It briefly covers a few months prior to Roosevelt?s death, so we understand how Truman came to make the de...

    This is a popularized history book about Harry Truman and the tumultuous first four months of his presidency. There was a lot more about Truman's history than I expected, stopping in its tracks the story of the first four months, but the background was helpful to get a measure of the m...

  • Jean Poulos
    Nov 14, 2017

    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945,...

  • Nancy
    Oct 07, 2017

    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945,...

    "Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. Baime His first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President. But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agre...

  • Emily Ross
    Nov 26, 2017

    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945,...

    "Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. Baime His first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President. But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agre...

    Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first 1/3 of the book provides a background while the final 2/3 captures Truman?s first four months in office most notably as Commander-in-Chief during t...

    Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley. This was a brilliant biography of Truman, concerning the first four months of his presidency. It briefly covers a few months prior to Roosevelt?s death, so we understand how Truman came to make the de...

  • John Plowright
    Oct 24, 2017

    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945,...

    "Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. Baime His first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President. But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agre...

    Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first 1/3 of the book provides a background while the final 2/3 captures Truman?s first four months in office most notably as Commander-in-Chief during t...

    Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley. This was a brilliant biography of Truman, concerning the first four months of his presidency. It briefly covers a few months prior to Roosevelt?s death, so we understand how Truman came to make the de...

    This is a popularized history book about Harry Truman and the tumultuous first four months of his presidency. There was a lot more about Truman's history than I expected, stopping in its tracks the story of the first four months, but the background was helpful to get a measure of the m...

    Very well written and researched, with vivid scenes and one detail about the bomb that was new to me. (Hard to do...I've read quite a bit about it) Considering who is president as I write this, it's a bit depressing, but that's not the author's fault! ...

    Right Man, Right Time Harry S Truman has been one of the most forgotten presidents of the 20th Century. Standing in the shadow of FDR, it's easy to see why. But my cynicism of FDR is well founded, especially when in his 4th term the events of his hapless arrogance threw this nobody fr...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It?s a readable account of the initial several months of the Truman presidency, from April 1945 through to the Japanese surrender in September 1945. It?s scholarly without being stuffy. The first chapter details President Roosevelt?s failing hea...

    Albert Baime?s ?The Accidental President? is a portrait of Truman during the first four months of his administration, from FDR?s death on 12 April 1945 until 14 August 1945, when Japan?s surrender was made public. The book is dedicated to the author?s father ?who ? ...