The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman?s first four months in office, when this unlikely, small-town Washington outsider had to take on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and the atomic bomb, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of l The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman?s first four months in office, when this unlikely, small-town ...

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Title:The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World
Author:A.J. Baime
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Genres:History
ISBN:0544617347
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World Reviews

  • David
    Nov 20, 2017
    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR?s de...
  • Bigmg
    Oct 15, 2017
    Right Man, Right Time Harry S Truman has been one of the most forgotten presidents of the 20th Century. Standing in the shadow of FDR, it's easy to see why. But my cynicism of FDR is well founded, especially when in his 4th term the events of his hapless arrogance threw this nobody fr...
  • Brooke
    Nov 25, 2017
    First things first: I need a film adaptation of this book starring Mark Rylance as Truman ASAP! It was never going to be easy to follow FDR, especially unexpectedly and while in the midst of a world war. Enter Harry Truman, Missouri everyman. Although the least-likely candidate for ...
  • Steve
    Oct 30, 2017
    The first book I can recall about reading about Harry Truman, And so far the best book I have read on the subject matter. Harry Truman was the Vice President of Franklin Roosevelt, Truman took over the office of President of the United States when Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 in Wa...
  • Timothy
    Nov 20, 2017
    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months. ...
  • Brian Williams
    Nov 13, 2017
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It?s a readable account of the initial several months of the Truman presidency, from April 1945 through to the Japanese surrender in September 1945. It?s scholarly without being stuffy. The first chapter details President Roosevelt?s failing hea...
  • Ken Schloman
    Dec 06, 2017
    In an effort at full disclosure, I admit to growing up in a Missouri Democrat household. I am somewhat biased when it comes to President Truman and I have read most works on his Presidency. This work belongs in the library of any serious student of the American Presidency. The book ...
  • Mark Mortensen
    Nov 28, 2017
    Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first 1/3 of the book provides a background while the final 2/3 captures Truman?s first four months in office most notably as Commander-in-Chief during t...
  • P.e. lolo
    Jan 18, 2018
    A fantastic book about the early days of Truman becoming President after only three months of being Vice President. He did not know of anything that had been going on with FDR and his administration or with any plans for either of the plans for the war or after. He needed to be brought...
  • Zora
    Jan 11, 2018
    Very well written and researched, with vivid scenes and one detail about the bomb that was new to me. (Hard to do...I've read quite a bit about it) Considering who is president as I write this, it's a bit depressing, but that's not the author's fault! ...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Feb 19, 2018
    I received a free PDF copy of The Accidental President by A. J. Baime courtesy of Net Galley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I...
  • Sue Watson
    Jan 14, 2018
    Important months These months were important In the history of our nation as well as important for the world. There were so many events packed into these months, it is hard to imagine the weight that Truman and those advising him must have felt as they navigated through foreign and ...
  • Terri Wangard
    Nov 09, 2017
    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing...
  • Jill Meyer
    Feb 10, 2018
    It was not until April 25, 1945 (or page 167 of A.J. Baime's "The Accidental President"), that newly inaugurated president Harry Truman was told about the US development of the atomic bomb. That was nearly two weeks after Truman succeeded Franklin Roosevelt, who had died on April 12th....
  • Jill Meyer
    Sep 02, 2017
    It is not until April 25, 1945 (or page 167 of A.J. Baime's "The Accidental President), that newly inaugurated president Harry Truman was told about the US development of the atomic bomb. That was nearly two weeks after Truman succeeded Franklin Roosevelt, who had died on April 12th. (...
  • Italo Italophiles
    Oct 25, 2017
    This is a popularized history book about Harry Truman and the tumultuous first four months of his presidency. There was a lot more about Truman's history than I expected, stopping in its tracks the story of the first four months, but the background was helpful to get a measure of the m...
  • Jean Poulos
    Nov 14, 2017
    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about. On April 12, 1945,...
  • Peter Goodman
    Jan 20, 2018
    ?The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,? by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don?t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed busi...
  • Nancy
    Oct 07, 2017
    "Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. Baime His first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President. But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agre...
  • Steve Lehrman
    Jan 08, 2018
    I think the greatest value of this book is its ability to put you into the room, make you be present in the moment that Harry Truman becomes President. There are many facts that you already might know if you have studied World War II. I know that it wasn't quite so much the general inf...
  • James
    Nov 01, 2017
    Simply put... fantastic! I cannot count how many books I have read about WW2 and all its different aspects, but among them all, this book really stands out. I sped through this book, anticipating one event to the next. Baime creates excitement surrounding events most of the general ...
  • Cgallozzi
    Nov 20, 2017
    Engaging story of just four months - from the date Franklin Roosevelt dies beginning April 12, 1945. Truman and the nation were shocked by FDR's passing. Truman started his administration by keeping the vast majority of the FDR Cabinet, policies and goals. Much detail - day by day lo...
  • Kenneth Murray
    Feb 11, 2018
    Living little more than an hour from Truman?s birthplace in Lamar, MO and a couple of hours from his home in Independence, MO, I have always had a keen interest in the only president from Missouri. I believe the title of this book could just as correctly have been The Providential Pr...
  • MICHEL BROTMAN
    Feb 14, 2018
    WHAT A NICE SURPRISE! When I selected this book, I had just finished reading about Franklin Roosevelt and his politics during WWII and thought the book about Truman after Roosevelt's death would simply be a continuation of that theme. Boy, was I in for a surprise. The Accidental Presi...
  • Jason Clark
    Jan 29, 2018
    Great Read About Important History Most history classes choose to spend time on FDR and somehow skim over Truman's accomplishments. The first four months of his presidency might be the toughest and most important first four months of ANY president and deserve to be studied. This...
  • Emily Ross
    Nov 26, 2017
    Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley. This was a brilliant biography of Truman, concerning the first four months of his presidency. It briefly covers a few months prior to Roosevelt?s death, so we understand how Truman came to make the de...
  • John Plowright
    Oct 24, 2017
    Albert Baime?s ?The Accidental President? is a portrait of Truman during the first four months of his administration, from FDR?s death on 12 April 1945 until 14 August 1945, when Japan?s surrender was made public. The book is dedicated to the author?s father ?who ? ...
  • Dr. Alan B. Albarran
    Feb 17, 2018
    I enjoy reading Presidential biographies. This book about Harry Truman's first four months in office is an amazing read. The events that took place over this 120+ day period is incredible. Truman was a late choice for VP with FDR in the 1944 election. FDR only met with Truman a couple ...
  • Joseph McNeely
    Jan 11, 2018
    As a person who reads a lot of books on the presidency and history, this is the first book that I've read that dealt specifically with Harry Truman. My father has always admired Truman as one of our greatest presidents but I understood why. Reading this book, I now see why. Even though...
  • Richard Crowe
    Feb 16, 2018
    Very Informative and a really good read I really enjoy historical novels and found this one to be excellent. The writing is very clear and made me feel that President Truman was a man that I would have liked to have known. Most people know that Truman became president early in Presi...