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THE TRUMAN PRESIDENCY by Cabell Phillips. 463 pages. Macmillan. $7.95.

Harry Truman will be forever remembered as the President who proved, among other things, that anyone can be President. The evidence of this is rich —and, in this Republic, richly satisfying. He did not go to college, and entered the country's highest office unable to spell: "demigog" was one of his better guesses in the spelling department. His instincts remained proof against the presidency. When the new state of Israel, grateful for Truman's immediate recognition, ceremonially bestowed on him a copy of the Torah,...

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