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Choosing Truman: The Democratic Convention of 1944
by Robert H. Ferrell
University of Missouri Press, 2000
eISBN: 978-0-8262-7298-0 | Cloth: 978-0-8262-0948-1 | Paper: 978-0-8262-1308-2
Library of Congress Classification E812.F47 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.918092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

As Franklin D. Roosevelt's health deteriorated in the months leading up to the Democratic National Convention of 1944, Democratic leaders confronted a dire situation. Given the inevitability of the president's death during a fourth term, the choice of a running mate for FDR was of profound importance. The Democrats needed a man they could trust. They needed Harry S. Truman.


Robert Ferrell tells an engrossing tale of ruthless ambition, secret meetings, and party politics. Roosevelt emerges as a manipulative leader whose desire to retain power led to a blatant disregard for the loyalty of his subordinates and the aspirations of his vice presidential hopefuls. Startling in its conclusions, impeccable in its research, Choosing Truman is an engrossing, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the nation's thirty-third president.



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