Harry & Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership That Created the Free World


I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the University of Nebraska Press, the publisher, with the promise that I would write a review and post it on Net Galley, Amazon, Goodreads and my blog. In addition, it is posted on my LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Goggle Plus pages.

I requested this book because I am interested in American History and the Presidents in particular. I have previously read a few books about Harry Truman. This is the first book by Lawrence J. Haas that I have read.

I found this nonfiction work to be well researched and engaging. The author’s writing style makes it read more like a fast paced novel than a piece of history. It describes the relationship between Truman, a Democrat President,  and Vandenberg, an influential Republican Senator, and how they worked cooperatively to convince the Senate and Congress to agree to the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the United Nations and the establishment of NATO. It was not always an easy path, but the parties involved stuck with each other and accomplished much when there was an isolationist thread in the Republican Congress after World War II.

Unfortunately, it clearly points out the inability of the current President and Congress to work to find common ground on issues important the the health of the nation.

I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in American History and in particular the behind the scene events that occurred in the years immediately following World War II.



About caseywheeler

My interests include: Model trains, Reading, Genealogy, New York Yankees and helping organizations be successful.
This entry was posted in Biographies, NetGalley, Presidents, Uncategorized, World War II and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s