Synopses & Reviews
The accidental presidency of Harry S. Truman, in words, photographs, and his ever-candid voice.
He was a startling contrast to Franklin Roosevelt. A farmer's son from west Missouri, Truman didn't chat; he talked, without art or inflection. And yet, this man of big dreams and simple phrases led the country out of war, welcomed the United Nations, and ran a cross-country campaign that changed American politics. His plain speech, first seen as a liability, became a symbol of transparency and gave him a platform to challenge his rivals-both at home and abroad-to honor their promises and commit to firm action.
Give 'Em Hell brings the president and his era to life like no other biography. It combines the insights of noted historian Terry Golway with Truman's own voice in audio excerpts from his most significant presidential speeches.
Harry Truman was an ordinary man of few expectations who for eight drama-filled years as president guided the nation through a series of world threatening events. In this unique biography relive the dramatic events of those momentous years by listening to the voice of Truman himself. An accompanying CD features 25 of Truman's most engaging speeches including: His speech to Congress given on April 16, 1945 just days after assuming the presidency in the wake of FDR's death Truman's victory speech on V-E Day His farewell address to the nation in January, 1953
Truman's speeches and straight-from-the-shoulder remarks come alive here and highlight the defining moments of his presidency during which the little man from Missouri stopped the worldwide march of Soviet communism and saved America from another catastrophic war.