The Buck Stops Here
Harry S. Truman was perhaps one of the most understated Presidents from recent history. Being a very remarkable man in his life and making some of the most important decisions of his time, he still displayed many characteristics that would be scoffed at in more recent years. He was not a college graduate and not very well off financially but in the end he was our nation’s leader.
Born in Lamar, Missouri,Truman was introduced into a life of farming where he earned a work ethic that would affect his decisions for the rest of his life. Truman was the kind of man that when he made a decision, he would stick to it. Later in his life he would join the army eventually becoming an artillery captain in WW1 where he would earn his metal as a person able to lead others. After leaving the army and working his way through many other jobs such as being a judge and a senator, he finally finds himself in the White House as Vice President to Roosevelt. On April 12thTruman became President after Roosevelt’s passing. Truman would end up making some of the most important decisions in recent American history such as dropping nuclear weapons on Japan to end the war, creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and entering the United States into the Korean War. He also worked as a civil rights activist by integrating the army and doing his best to make sure that blacks were treated fairly as they were due. Truman died the day after Christmas in 1972 leaving behind a legacy of greatness, and faith in the inherent greatness of America.
Truman Decision The Rational Actor Model is what President Harry S. Truman used in making his decision to drop the atomic bomb on the towns of ... was worse than dropping the bomb. More American and Japanese lives would be taken if we kept fighting the war. If ... we drop the bomb more lives would be saved but still many would be lost. Also ...
Throughout the biography Ferrell does a first-classjob of citing the progression of Truman’s life as well as list the best and worst traits that formed his presidency. I believe that his main reasons for writing the book were to informthe average American of a great man that is all too often a side note among others. History tends to focus on names such as Lincoln, Washington, Roosevelt and Eisenhower where it should contain the name Truman with just as much fervor. Where books are often as biased as many other types of media Ferrell sets out to cover all views on the life of Truman as opposed to putting him on a pedestal. He would list Truman as a man who always did what he thought was right, but what he did was not always correct. While being used as a personal example by many presidents after him, Ferrell describes him in the final pages of the book as “forgotten by the aging adults of Truman’s time and unknown to the young adults of the 1980s.”(p. 192).
All in all I believe that Ferrell was simply trying to re-glorify a man too easily forgotten.