The best books on Harry S. Truman 📚

Browse the best books on Harry S. Truman as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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How to Be a Normal Person

By TJ Klune

Why this book?

There are times when books with asexual characters need some humor and lightheartedness for a wholesome mix. Not all ace books need to be sad or angsty. Not all ace books even need to be about sexuality itself. Asexual characters simply need to exist in more books with positive representation, and said books can help teach people that sexless romances are just as valid and meaningful.

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The best books with positive asexual representation

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Truman

By David McCullough

Why this book?

I cannot imagine a book that David McCullough might write that I would not want to read. This impeccably researched and wonderfully intriguing book about President Harry. S. Truman—who was in the White House when the decisions to release the first-ever atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were made—gives an intimate and informative look at one of the key figures in both the Manhattan Project and World War II history.

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The best books on the Manhattan Project and the making of the atomic bomb

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Book cover of A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

By Allis Radosh, Ronald Radosh

Why this book?

Radosh and Radosh offer a compelling and dramatic history of Truman’s decision to support Jewish emigration to Palestine in 1947, and to recognize the state of Israel in 1948. They examine Truman’s dilemmas as he made the recognition decision against the advice of the leaders of his own State Department, including his own Secretary of State George Marshall. A Safe Haven offers a careful and essential guide to American politics regarding the Zionist issue, and to the combination of political and religious arguments that were decisive in Truman’s decision making. 

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The best works that address major issues related to the history of the establishment of the State of Israel

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A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949

By Kevin Peraino

Why this book?

President Truman sends George Marshall to China in December 1945 on a special mission to unify the Communists and Nationalists and create a non-Communist China. Marshall returns to the US in early 1947. The mission has failed. Had he been truly neutral as a broker, could the mission have succeeded?

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The best books on modern Asia

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