What made ordinary Harry S. Truman such an extraordinary president
A new biography on Truman shows that despite being shunned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the then vice-president would go on to have a successful presidency of his own.
Jeffrey Frank thought it was time for another biography of the 33rd president of the United States. As he saw it, our understanding of history changes with time, and there was new material on Truman and his presidency that Frank traveled the world to study.
Frank attributes Truman's accomplishments to his political instincts and his ability to choose good advisors and then listen to them.
As for the experience of digging into Truman's time in office, Frank confesses, "I thought I knew Truman, but I realized I had a lot to learn."
- Jeffrey Frank, author of "The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of an Ordinary Man, 1945-1953"
Jeffery Frank will be the featured speaker at "Wild About Harry" 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Muehlebach Tower, 200 W 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105. Only tickets for the livestream are still available at TrumanLibraryInstitute.org/WILD.