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.