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Harry S. Truman

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Definition 33rd President of the United States on Roosevelt's death in 1945 and was elected President in 1948; authorized the use of atomic bombs against Japan, instituted the Truman Doctrine to contain communism (1884-1972)
  • David McCullough published an excellent biography on Truman in 1992.
  • He paused at an oil painting of Harry S. Truman and tried to imagine the man undergoing the rites, rituals, and studies required to become a Mason.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Unfortunately, Harry Truman declined to receive the petitioners and refused to accept the petition.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • I sat down and started to explain how Harry Truman had become President.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • We'll go by the White House, we might even get a look at Harry Truman—"
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • We are now prepared to obliterate more rapidly and completely every productive enterprise the Japanese have above ground in any city, said Harry Truman.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • For Dad, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the Antichrist, Harry Truman the vice-Antichrist, and UMWA chief John L. Lewis was Lucifer himself.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Behind Kennedy stand Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Harry Truman.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Edgar hates Harry Truman, he would like to see him writhing on a parquet floor, felled by chest pains, but he can hardly fault the President's timing.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • HARRY TRUMAN IN THE SPRING OF 1998, six boys called to me from half a century ago on a distant mountain and I went there.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • His bitter political enemy, Harry Truman, would say when the Senator died: "He and I did not agree on public policy, but he knew where I stood and I knew where he stood.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Harry Truman, of all people, comes to mind, when he said, concerning his administration's programs, "We'll just try them —and if they don't work — why then we'll just try something else."
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The first time I ever slept in the same quarters with African-Americans or took orders from African-Americans was at Parris Island in Marine Corps boot camp, and it was the political courage of one man, President Harry Truman, who ended the racial segregation of the U.S. military because he believed that fairness is at the heart of our values as a nation.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • One visitor, in the fall of 1948, was Harry S. Truman, storming through his legendary reelection campaign.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Lily Rumfoord shuddered, went on pretending to read the Harry Truman thing.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Doc Bradley, Harry Truman, Rene Gagnon, and Ira Hayes with the Seventh Bond Tour poster.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • 1 percent—almost six points higher than Eisenhower's and a whopping 25 points higher than Harry Truman's.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • And the Treasury Department did not believe in a gradual start: On the following day the three were to meet the new President, Harry Truman, in the White House.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Eighteen months ago, Walker was asked to leave the army after telling a newspaper reporter that Harry Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt were most likely Communists.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • At the end of the boys' meeting with Harry Truman, Treasury Secretary Morgenthau lingered with the new President—just long enough to present him with some dire numbers.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers

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