Strictly Personal and Confidential: The Letters Harry Truman Never Mailed

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University of Missouri Press, 1999 - History - 210 pages

Harry S. Truman made plain speaking his trademark, and it was a common belief that "Give 'em hell" Harry spared few with his words. However, this fascinating collection of 140 amusing, angry, sarcastic, and controversial letters President Truman wrote but never mailed proves that conception wrong. Addressed to admirers and enemies alike, including Adlai Stevenson, Justice William Douglas, Dwight Eisenhower, Joe McCarthy, and Truman's wife, Bess, these intriguing letters cover such diverse subjects as the atomic bomb, running the country, and human greed.

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Contents

Harry Truman Letter Writer
3
The Press
9
The War the ABomb After
31
Stopping Reds in Asia
49
Running the Government
61
Human Greed and Human Need
85
Democrats or High Hats?
107
Harry Truman Historian
138
Kinfolk Neighbors and Others
170
Source Notes
187
Index
199
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Monte M. Poen is Regents' Professor of American History Emeritus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He is the author or editor of several books, including Harry S. Truman versus the Medical Lobby and Letters Home by Harry Truman.

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