The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World by A.J. Baime examines not only Truman’s life but the time period near the end of WWII and into the Korean War as well.
Baime starts with telling about Truman’s early years and his upbringing. His intense labor on the farm and in various ventures that do not prove fruitful. Then into his start in politics with memories of his heroes like Andrew Jackson and how slowly and surely this politician who didn’t think he would go very far beyond serving his home state became Vice President and then President upon Roosevelt’s death.
Truman never felt he deserved to be president and yet this humble everyman was indeed the right person to follow Roosevelt. Baime ably puts the reader right along side Truman as he reveals day by day events in his early days upon becoming president, and into the next months to follow. Again and again with the support of those he knew from his army days, men from Roosevelt’s administration, and those Truman picked himself to serve with him Truman is able to take on the role thrust on him.
This biography is well written and as I wrote I felt like I was along side Truman as events unfolded. Also, I never felt like the book dragged at any point and wishing things would move faster. Blaime did well with the narrative’s pacing and held my attention right through to the last page of the biography.
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