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

  • Jim Zubricky
    Apr 06, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

  • HBalikov
    Jun 26, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

  • Sheryl
    May 25, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

    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. (...

    Yes, it?s another Truman book, and yes, I drove my family crazy talking about it. But there?s very good reason behind my slight obsession: the first four months of Truman?s presidency are widely ? and accurately ? regarded as the most intense, most eventful of any presidency ...

  • David
    Nov 20, 2017

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

  • Brent McGregor
    Oct 15, 2017

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

  • Harley
    Feb 26, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

  • Brooke
    Nov 25, 2017

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

    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. (...

    Yes, it?s another Truman book, and yes, I drove my family crazy talking about it. But there?s very good reason behind my slight obsession: the first four months of Truman?s presidency are widely ? and accurately ? regarded as the most intense, most eventful of any presidency ...

    A fantastic book about the early days of Truman becoming President after only three months of being Vice President. He did not know of anything that had been going on with FDR and his administration or with any plans for either of the plans for the war or after. He needed to be brought...

    In reading this book and The Last 100 Days of FDR by David B Woolner we have a view of a dramatic and eventful period for the US and world affairs. I was particularly interested in why FDR decided to run for a 4th term when his health was failing and he died less than 30 days after his...

    The first book I can recall about reading about Harry Truman, And so far the best book I have read on the subject matter. Harry Truman was the Vice President of Franklin Roosevelt, Truman took over the office of President of the United States when Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 in Wa...

    There is so much to dig into on the nearly eight years of Harry Truman's presidency, but what I love about this book is that it zeros in on his first four months. The author very effectively positions the period as probably the most pivotal weeks in shaping not just the rest of the 20t...

    I received a free PDF copy of The Accidental President by A. J. Baime courtesy of Net Galley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I...

    As a person who reads a lot of books on the presidency and history, this is the first book that I've read that dealt specifically with Harry Truman. My father has always admired Truman as one of our greatest presidents but I understood why. Reading this book, I now see why. Even though...

    First things first: I need a film adaptation of this book starring Mark Rylance as Truman ASAP! It was never going to be easy to follow FDR, especially unexpectedly and while in the midst of a world war. Enter Harry Truman, Missouri everyman. Although the least-likely candidate for ...

  • Steve
    Oct 30, 2017

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

    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. (...

    Yes, it?s another Truman book, and yes, I drove my family crazy talking about it. But there?s very good reason behind my slight obsession: the first four months of Truman?s presidency are widely ? and accurately ? regarded as the most intense, most eventful of any presidency ...

    A fantastic book about the early days of Truman becoming President after only three months of being Vice President. He did not know of anything that had been going on with FDR and his administration or with any plans for either of the plans for the war or after. He needed to be brought...

    In reading this book and The Last 100 Days of FDR by David B Woolner we have a view of a dramatic and eventful period for the US and world affairs. I was particularly interested in why FDR decided to run for a 4th term when his health was failing and he died less than 30 days after his...

    The first book I can recall about reading about Harry Truman, And so far the best book I have read on the subject matter. Harry Truman was the Vice President of Franklin Roosevelt, Truman took over the office of President of the United States when Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 in Wa...

  • Timothy
    Nov 20, 2017

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

  • Brian Williams
    Nov 13, 2017

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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 met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

  • P.e. lolo
    Jan 18, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

    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. (...

    Yes, it?s another Truman book, and yes, I drove my family crazy talking about it. But there?s very good reason behind my slight obsession: the first four months of Truman?s presidency are widely ? and accurately ? regarded as the most intense, most eventful of any presidency ...

    A fantastic book about the early days of Truman becoming President after only three months of being Vice President. He did not know of anything that had been going on with FDR and his administration or with any plans for either of the plans for the war or after. He needed to be brought...

  • John
    Mar 02, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

    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. (...

    Yes, it?s another Truman book, and yes, I drove my family crazy talking about it. But there?s very good reason behind my slight obsession: the first four months of Truman?s presidency are widely ? and accurately ? regarded as the most intense, most eventful of any presidency ...

    A fantastic book about the early days of Truman becoming President after only three months of being Vice President. He did not know of anything that had been going on with FDR and his administration or with any plans for either of the plans for the war or after. He needed to be brought...

    In reading this book and The Last 100 Days of FDR by David B Woolner we have a view of a dramatic and eventful period for the US and world affairs. I was particularly interested in why FDR decided to run for a 4th term when his health was failing and he died less than 30 days after his...

  • Zora
    Jan 11, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

  • Casey Wheeler
    Feb 19, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

    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. (...

    Yes, it?s another Truman book, and yes, I drove my family crazy talking about it. But there?s very good reason behind my slight obsession: the first four months of Truman?s presidency are widely ? and accurately ? regarded as the most intense, most eventful of any presidency ...

    A fantastic book about the early days of Truman becoming President after only three months of being Vice President. He did not know of anything that had been going on with FDR and his administration or with any plans for either of the plans for the war or after. He needed to be brought...

    In reading this book and The Last 100 Days of FDR by David B Woolner we have a view of a dramatic and eventful period for the US and world affairs. I was particularly interested in why FDR decided to run for a 4th term when his health was failing and he died less than 30 days after his...

    The first book I can recall about reading about Harry Truman, And so far the best book I have read on the subject matter. Harry Truman was the Vice President of Franklin Roosevelt, Truman took over the office of President of the United States when Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 in Wa...

    There is so much to dig into on the nearly eight years of Harry Truman's presidency, but what I love about this book is that it zeros in on his first four months. The author very effectively positions the period as probably the most pivotal weeks in shaping not just the rest of the 20t...

    I received a free PDF copy of The Accidental President by A. J. Baime courtesy of Net Galley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I...

  • Terri Wangard
    Nov 09, 2017

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

  • Pirate
    May 05, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

  • Jill Meyer
    Feb 10, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

  • Jill Meyer
    Sep 02, 2017

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

    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 met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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
    Nov 14, 2017

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

  • Peter Goodman
    Jan 20, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

  • Nancy
    Oct 07, 2017

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

  • Steve Lehrman
    Jan 08, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

    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. (...

    Yes, it?s another Truman book, and yes, I drove my family crazy talking about it. But there?s very good reason behind my slight obsession: the first four months of Truman?s presidency are widely ? and accurately ? regarded as the most intense, most eventful of any presidency ...

    A fantastic book about the early days of Truman becoming President after only three months of being Vice President. He did not know of anything that had been going on with FDR and his administration or with any plans for either of the plans for the war or after. He needed to be brought...

    In reading this book and The Last 100 Days of FDR by David B Woolner we have a view of a dramatic and eventful period for the US and world affairs. I was particularly interested in why FDR decided to run for a 4th term when his health was failing and he died less than 30 days after his...

    The first book I can recall about reading about Harry Truman, And so far the best book I have read on the subject matter. Harry Truman was the Vice President of Franklin Roosevelt, Truman took over the office of President of the United States when Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 in Wa...

    There is so much to dig into on the nearly eight years of Harry Truman's presidency, but what I love about this book is that it zeros in on his first four months. The author very effectively positions the period as probably the most pivotal weeks in shaping not just the rest of the 20t...

    I received a free PDF copy of The Accidental President by A. J. Baime courtesy of Net Galley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I...

    As a person who reads a lot of books on the presidency and history, this is the first book that I've read that dealt specifically with Harry Truman. My father has always admired Truman as one of our greatest presidents but I understood why. Reading this book, I now see why. Even though...

    First things first: I need a film adaptation of this book starring Mark Rylance as Truman ASAP! It was never going to be easy to follow FDR, especially unexpectedly and while in the midst of a world war. Enter Harry Truman, Missouri everyman. Although the least-likely candidate for ...

    I think the greatest value of this book is its ability to put you into the room, make you be present in the moment that Harry Truman becomes President. There are many facts that you already might know if you have studied World War II. I know that it wasn't quite so much the general inf...

  • Jonathan L. Swain
    Apr 11, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

    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. (...

    Yes, it?s another Truman book, and yes, I drove my family crazy talking about it. But there?s very good reason behind my slight obsession: the first four months of Truman?s presidency are widely ? and accurately ? regarded as the most intense, most eventful of any presidency ...

    A fantastic book about the early days of Truman becoming President after only three months of being Vice President. He did not know of anything that had been going on with FDR and his administration or with any plans for either of the plans for the war or after. He needed to be brought...

    In reading this book and The Last 100 Days of FDR by David B Woolner we have a view of a dramatic and eventful period for the US and world affairs. I was particularly interested in why FDR decided to run for a 4th term when his health was failing and he died less than 30 days after his...

    The first book I can recall about reading about Harry Truman, And so far the best book I have read on the subject matter. Harry Truman was the Vice President of Franklin Roosevelt, Truman took over the office of President of the United States when Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 in Wa...

    There is so much to dig into on the nearly eight years of Harry Truman's presidency, but what I love about this book is that it zeros in on his first four months. The author very effectively positions the period as probably the most pivotal weeks in shaping not just the rest of the 20t...

  • Noah Goats
    Jun 05, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

  • Paul
    Mar 24, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

  • Emily Ross
    Nov 26, 2017

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

    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 ? ...

  • Joseph McNeely
    Jan 11, 2018

    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...

    "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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    It was 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....

    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...

    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! ...

    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...

    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...

    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...

    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...

    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...

    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...

    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...

    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...

    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...

    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...

    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. (...

    Yes, it?s another Truman book, and yes, I drove my family crazy talking about it. But there?s very good reason behind my slight obsession: the first four months of Truman?s presidency are widely ? and accurately ? regarded as the most intense, most eventful of any presidency ...

    A fantastic book about the early days of Truman becoming President after only three months of being Vice President. He did not know of anything that had been going on with FDR and his administration or with any plans for either of the plans for the war or after. He needed to be brought...

    In reading this book and The Last 100 Days of FDR by David B Woolner we have a view of a dramatic and eventful period for the US and world affairs. I was particularly interested in why FDR decided to run for a 4th term when his health was failing and he died less than 30 days after his...

    The first book I can recall about reading about Harry Truman, And so far the best book I have read on the subject matter. Harry Truman was the Vice President of Franklin Roosevelt, Truman took over the office of President of the United States when Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 in Wa...

    There is so much to dig into on the nearly eight years of Harry Truman's presidency, but what I love about this book is that it zeros in on his first four months. The author very effectively positions the period as probably the most pivotal weeks in shaping not just the rest of the 20t...

    I received a free PDF copy of The Accidental President by A. J. Baime courtesy of Net Galley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I...

    As a person who reads a lot of books on the presidency and history, this is the first book that I've read that dealt specifically with Harry Truman. My father has always admired Truman as one of our greatest presidents but I understood why. Reading this book, I now see why. Even though...