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By William Lee Miller

ISBN-10: 0307957543

ISBN-13: 9780307957542

Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower, consecutive presidents of the us, have been midwesterners alike in lots of ways—except that in addition they sharply differed.  Born inside six years of one another (Truman in 1884, Eisenhower in 1890), they got here from small cities within the Missouri–Mississippi River Valley—in the midst of cows and wheat, pigs and corn, and grain elevators. either have been grandsons of farmers and sons of forceful moms, and of fathers who knew failure; either have been reduce center type, obtained public tuition educations, and have been mentioned in low-church Protestant denominations.
William Lee Miller interweaves Truman’s and Eisenhower’s existence tales, which then additionally turns into the tale in their state because it rose to nice strength. that they had contrasting reports within the nice War—Truman, the haberdasher to be, led males in conflict; Eisenhower, the ideally suited commander to be didn't. among the wars, Truman used to be the vital flesh presser, and Eisenhower the thoroughgoing anti-politician. Truman knew either the successes and woes of the general public existence, whereas Eisenhower was once sequestered within the peacetime military. Then within the wartime Nineteen Forties, those males have been all at once lifted above dozens of others to turn into leaders of the nice nationwide efforts.
Miller describes the adverse maneuvering and bickering in the meanwhile in 1952–1953 while strength was once to be passed from one to the opposite and anyone needed to make a decision which hat to put on and who greeted whom. As president, every one coped with McCarthyism, the tormenting difficulties of race, and the good problems with the rising chilly conflict. They introduced the us right into a new trend of worldwide accountability whereas being the 1st americans to carry of their fingers the extraordinary strength of guns able to destroying civilization.
Reading their tale is a reminder of the trendy American tale, of standard males facing notable energy.

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