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

  • Jim Zubricky
    Apr 06, 2018
    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful! ...
  • John
    Aug 08, 2018
    4.5 stars. Harry Truman took over the presidency at arguably the most crucial time in history and FDR did zilch to prepare him to become president, even though FDR was in terrible health after his fourth election. He and VP Truman met two times in the 88 days between his inauguration a...
  • HBalikov
    Jun 26, 2018
    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his ?daily constitutional? walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how ?do...
  • Sheryl
    May 25, 2018
    Yes, it?s another Truman book, and yes, I drove my family crazy talking about it. But there?s very good reason behind my slight obsession: the first four months of Truman?s presidency are widely ? and accurately ? regarded as the most intense, most eventful of any presidency ...
  • 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...
  • Brent McGregor
    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...
  • Harley
    Feb 26, 2018
    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him includin...
  • Larry Bassett
    Aug 13, 2018
    Technically this is the story of the first four months of the presidency of harry Truman. It goes from the day he became president when FDR died on April 12, 1945 until August 12, 1945 just after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended the war against Japan. I actually ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gene Ripka
    Jul 27, 2018
    The book gives only a glance at Truman's life prior to April 12, 1945. It touches very gently on his elected term as president, and his life after the White House. What Baime has done, remarkably, is to examine the 4 months that saw Truman assume the office upon FDR's sudden death. Th...
  • 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! ...
  • 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...
  • Pirate
    May 05, 2018
    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was a...
  • 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
    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,...
  • James Scheid
    Aug 05, 2018
    An eloquently written non fiction history of the momentous first four months of the Truman presidency. Truman met with FDR only twice and knew he would be president at some point due to FDR's visible declining health. He had to learn on the job but worked hard to become informed. The b...
  • 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...
  • Alex Rinehart
    Aug 13, 2018
    Very engaging look at President Truman, though sometimes presented without as much nuance as one would hope. Despite billing itself as focusing on four months, almost 50% of the book focuses on President Truman's life before those four months, including a lengthy section about his chil...
  • 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...
  • Joe Stack
    Aug 11, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a marvelously engrossing biography & history of Truman's first four month's as President. I liked that the author kept the chapters relatively short. I think this helped to keep me engaged with all the details and kept my interest high. In the ...
  • Noah Goats
    Jun 05, 2018
    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't...
  • Abu Hayat Khan
    Aug 23, 2018
    This surprisingly good book was published only last year (October 2017). Harry Truman served as a Democrat president for 7 years. But the context of this book focuses only on the first four months of his presidency, until Japan's surrender during WWII. Truman was a southerner from ...
  • Paul
    Mar 24, 2018
    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrende...
  • 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 ? ...