The Nation: A Little Touch of Harry

MARGARET TRUMAN was not only very close to her father, she also attentively followed his career. In an affectionate biography published by William Morrow & Co., she provides some insights and asides to the official record.

Truman's relations with Franklin Roosevelt were always ambivalent. Though F.D.R. would later select Truman as his Vice President, in 1940, Margaret reveals, he tried to dump Truman from the U.S. Senate. Harry resisted and defended his relationship to Kansas City's Pendergast machine.

"It was the White House calling. It was an offer from the President. If...

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