The Press: Truman's Memoirs

The big guessing game in U.S. publishing has been: Who will get the memoirs of former President Harry Truman? Last week LIFE copped the prize. In Kansas City Harry Truman announced that LIFE had bought all rights to his memoirs, both for magazine serialization and book publication. LIFE, which paid well over $500,000 for the memoirs, plans to start serializing them in late 1954, expects to sell the book rights for later publication. Truman said that LIFE made the "best offer" of about a "dozen or maybe more" bidders. He said he picked LIFE because "I have observed that LIFE editors...

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