NEW YORK: Good & Faithful Servant

Harry Hopkins' life had really ended the day Franklin Roosevelt died. But he went on to do one last big job for Harry Truman: healing a serious breach in U.S.Russian relations just before Potsdam. Then he wrote and dictated his memoirs.

There had never been anyone quite like him in U.S. history—the tall, gaunt youth from the Middle West, the harness maker's son who rose to be the second most powerful man in the land. He began as a social worker, but he was always more than that: a politician, a finagler, something of a playboy and something of an intellectual,...

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