Harry S. Truman

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  • BOOK REVIEW: 'The Presidents Club'

    In this well-written and highly readable account of presidential interrelations, we're told by Time magazine veterans Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy that the idea for what they call "The Presidents Club" was born at the end of World War II, when Harry S. Truman tapped Herbert Hoover to lead the effort to stave off starvation in Europe.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Our Supreme Task"


  • Embassy Row

    Richard M. Nixon would shock the sensibilities of today's politically correct world of diplomacy with his blunt view of career diplomats as "eunuchs," his salty assessment of a well-endowed envoy, and his defense of political donors as ambassadors.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'The Most Controversial Decision'

    Ever since the 1960s, revisionist historians and religious leaders have condemned President Harry S. Truman's use of the atomic bomb to end the war with Japan in August 1945.

  • SGT. SHAFT: Divorced wife of vet to continue getting retirement pay

    Dear Sgt Shaft: I divorced my husband after 22 years. I was awarded 40 percent of his retirement pay. My question to you is: Will this stop if I remarry? I do not get any other military benefits.

  • Illustration: Jerusalem

    FIELDS: Fanfare over a birthday and a birthplace

    The line between life and death is always a thin one and never more so - literally and symbolically - than in the tiny state of Israel, which celebrates its 63rd birthday this week. (That's a lot of bar mitzvahs.) No sooner had the sirens sounded across the promised land of milk and honey, marking memorial day for the soldiers who have died fighting for Israel's survival, than fireworks splashed across the heavens, recalling that moment in 1948 when Israel declared its independence. The two commemorations are not unrelated.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Friendship and foreign policy

    Surely they were two of the more acerbic-tongued men ever to grace American public life - President Harry S. Truman and his secretary of state, Dean Acheson. Forget that they were an unlikely pair: Truman, a small-town Missouri boy and a failed haberdasher whose formal education had ended at high school; Acheson, a to-the-manor-born son of an Episcopal bishop, educated at Groton and Yale, a Washington superlawyer before and after public service.

  • A Democratic wimp-out

    Senate Democrats, who announced an all-nighter Tuesday to reiterate their antiwar positions, packed it in shortly before midnight, surrendering to a greater desire for a few hours sleep. Only a handful of stalwart senators kept the Senate — technically — in session. We know Senate Democrats don't have the staying power to win the war in Iraq, but can't they even make it through the night without some shuteye?

  • Hiroshima reexamined

    ''Five Days in August" is a serious and fresh examination of how the decision to drop the first nuclear bomb was made, and of the bomb's role in ending World War II. Its novel thesis is that President Harry Truman's decision to drop Little Boy on Hiroshima was not rooted in detailed and careful calculation, but rather was the result of a series of not fully examined assumptions and faulty technical information about the impact of the bomb. Truman and his closest advisers suffered from these miscalculations.

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