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McCullough, David. Truman. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. 1,117 pp., hardback.
Roman orator Cicero stated, “Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child” (De Oratore II; quoted in A New Dictionary of Quotations, selected and edited by H. L. Mencken. New York: Knopf, 1942; p. 536). Hence, the pressing and continuing need to study history in general and for me this book in particular. I was born while three months and three days remained in the presidency of Harry S. Truman (he served April 1945 to January 1953), but I naturally enough remember not a thing about it personally. In fact, I don’t have any recollections of Truman at all until I was eight or ten. My father was wont always to refer to him as “Horrible Harry.”
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