THE PRESIDENCY: The World of Harry Truman

WHILE visiting Harry Truman in the closing months of his presidency, Winston Churchill spoke with blunt generosity: "The last time you and I sat across a conference table was at Potsdam. I must confess, sir, I held you in very low regard. I loathed your taking the place of Franklin Roosevelt. I misjudged you badly. Since that time, you, more than any other man, have saved Western civilization."

If Churchill was deceived at first, so were most of his contemporaries. Sir Winston, in fact, was some years ahead of other historians in his...

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