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Ascent to power : how Truman emerged from Roosevelt's shadow and remade the world / David L. Roll.

Roll, David L., 1940- (author.). Ward, Jeffrey L., (cartographer.).

"From Franklin Roosevelt's final days through Harry Truman's extraordinary transformation, this is the enthralling story behind the most consequential presidential transition in U.S. history. When Roosevelt, in failing health, decided to run for a fourth term, he gave in to the big city Democratic bosses and reluctantly picked Senator Truman as his vice president, a man he barely knew. Upon FDR's death in April 1945, Truman, after only eighty-two days as VP, was thrust into the presidency. Utterly unprepared, he faced the collapse of Germany, a Europe in ruins, the organization of the UN, a summit with Stalin and Churchill, and the question of whether atomic bombs would be ready for use against Japan. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union was growing increasingly hostile toward U.S. power. Truman inherited FDR's hope that peace could be maintained through cooperation with the Soviets, but he would soon learn that imitating his predecessor would lead only to missteps and controversy. Spanning the years of transition, 1944 to 1948, Ascent to Power illuminates Truman's struggles to emerge as president in his own right. Yet from a relatively unknown Missouri senator to the most powerful man on Earth, Truman's legacy transcends. With his come-from-behind campaign in the fall of 1948, his courageous civil rights advocacy, and his role in liberating millions from militarist governments and brutal occupations, Truman's decisions during these pivotal years changed the course of the world in ways so significant we live with them today"-- Dust jacket flap.

Record details

  • ISBN: 0593186443
  • ISBN: 9780593186442
  • Physical Description: xi, 531 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 1 map, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2024]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Map by Jeffrey L. Ward"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 451-509) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: Death and rebirth -- Over the rainbow -- Go all out for Truman -- Best he could do -- Unprepared -- Second coming in wrath -- Bearing the unbearable -- Had enough? -- Transformation -- Lift every voice -- Politics of 1948 -- Pour it on, Harry -- Now it's my fight -- Liberator -- Epilogue: Grips to the attic.
Subject: Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Presidents > United States > Biography.
United States > Politics and government > 1945-1953.
Genre: Biographies.

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