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President Harry Truman (1884 1972) Came to the presidency following the death of FDR on April 12, 1945. He said of the post, "I wasn't briefed for the job, I had to learn it from the ground up"; by 1947, he was no longer "Roosevelt's stand-in, reading from a New Deal script" - he was his own man, and this was becoming clearer and clearer to his critics in Washington. The article on the right, by Frank Gervasi (1908 1990), covered Truman's earliest years in the White House, and his handling of some of the hot potatoes that landed in his lap.

You can read about Truman's policy on China here...

Should you wish to read more about the Truman Doctrine, Click here.

     


The Further Education of Harry Truman (Collier's Magazine, 1947)

The Further Education of Harry Truman (Collier's Magazine, 1947)

The Further Education of Harry Truman (Collier's Magazine, 1947)

The Further Education of Harry Truman (Collier's Magazine, 1947)

The Further Education of Harry Truman (Collier's Magazine, 1947)

The Further Education of Harry Truman (Collier's Magazine, 1947)

The Further Education of Harry Truman (Collier's Magazine, 1947)

The Further Education of Harry Truman (Collier's Magazine, 1947)

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