The Accidental President by A.J. Baime

The Accidental President

The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman’s first four months in office, when this unlikely, small-town Washington outsider had to take on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and the atomic bomb, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. Chosen as FDR’s fourth-term vice pr...


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TitleThe Accidental President
ISBN9780544617346
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Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreHistory, Biography, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History, Politics, Presidents, War, World War II, Audiobook, Military Fiction, Leadership
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  • HBalikov
    1970-01-01
    I met former President Harry S. Truman when he spent several days at my college. If you wanted to chat you could just walk up to him. The best time was early in the morning when he took his “daily constitutional” walk. Walking along with him was a great way to get to know how “down to earth” he was, and how much he valued every person.Some of that comes through strongly in Baime’s book, which has as its primary focus the four months aft...
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    "Never had fate shoehorned so much history into such a short period." The Accidental President, A. J. BaimeHis first response was "No." Truman did not want the position of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's new Vice President.But FDR commanded it, and Harry S. Truman had to agree.FDR was not a well man when he took office for a fourth term. And when he died on April 12, 1945, Truman said, "the whole weight of the moon and stars fell on me.""Who th...
  • Jean
    1970-01-01
    I have read many biographies about Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). In this book A. J. Baime narrows the scope of the book to the first four months of the presidency. The author does provide some early history of Truman so the reader understands how events came about.On April 12, 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt summoned Truman to the White House to inform him of the death of FDR. Truman said his worst nightmare immediately became a reality. He had only been ...
  • Mark Mortensen
    1970-01-01
    Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd U.S. President on April 12, 1945 following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The first 1/3 of the book provides a background while the final 2/3 captures Truman’s first four months in office most notably as Commander-in-Chief during the final stages of World War II. When Truman took office the stage was already set for rapid historical events to unfold, but certain decisions still had to be made...
  • Italo Italophiles
    1970-01-01
    This is a popularized history book about Harry Truman and the tumultuous first four months of his presidency. There was a lot more about Truman's history than I expected, stopping in its tracks the story of the first four months, but the background was helpful to get a measure of the man. Truman, a self-educated man who grew up in poverty, had some redeeming characteristics, such as his work ethic and his respect for knowledge and fact: “There ...
  • Emily Ross
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley.This was a brilliant biography of Truman, concerning the first four months of his presidency. It briefly covers a few months prior to Roosevelt’s death, so we understand how Truman came to make the decisions he did, and goes into depth concerning the war with Germany and the war with Japan, the Manhattan Project, the formation of the United Nations, Europe’s strug...
  • Jill Meyer
    1970-01-01
    It was not until April 25, 1945 (or page 167 of A.J. Baime's "The Accidental President"), that newly inaugurated president Harry Truman was told about the US development of the atomic bomb. That was nearly two weeks after Truman succeeded Franklin Roosevelt, who had died on April 12th. (I'm not exactly sure, but I think the Soviets may have known about the bomb before Truman did because of the spying done at Los Alamos.) Why hadn't Truman, who ha...
  • Brent McGregor
    1970-01-01
    Right Man, Right TimeHarry S Truman has been one of the most forgotten presidents of the 20th Century. Standing in the shadow of FDR, it's easy to see why. But my cynicism of FDR is well founded, especially when in his 4th term the events of his hapless arrogance threw this nobody from Independence, MO. into what under his leadership became the most powerful position in the wold.To think that it was Truman who led America into the position as the...
  • Zora
    1970-01-01
    Very well written and researched, with vivid scenes and one detail about the bomb that was new to me. (Hard to do...I've read quite a bit about it)Considering who is president as I write this, it's a bit depressing, but that's not the author's fault!
  • Noah Goats
    1970-01-01
    When Harry Truman became president upon the death of FDR, he was stepping into the shoes of the most revered politician of the 20th century. Roosevelt was deeply loved by most Americans and had been president so long that many of the soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific couldn't remember a time when any one else was president. Truman, on the other hand, was a relative nobody. He was a fairly obscure Missourian who was picked to be vice pre...
  • Peter Goodman
    1970-01-01
    “The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world,” by A. J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017). And four months it is. I don’t even mind the subtitle. Baime provides essential background: Truman actually saw combat in WWI; his failed businesses; his true farm upbringing. It was his absolute honesty and integrity that brought him to the attention of Tom Pendergast, who ran Kansas City. Truman had no ...
  • Brian Williams
    1970-01-01
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s a readable account of the initial several months of the Truman presidency, from April 1945 through to the Japanese surrender in September 1945. It’s scholarly without being stuffy.The first chapter details President Roosevelt’s failing health and his last day alive, April 12, 1945. Truman is promptly brought to the White House where Eleanor Roosevelt tells him of FDR’s death. Shortly thereafter he is s...
  • Terri Wangard
    1970-01-01
    I like Harry. This is a great story focusing primarily on the four months between his ascendency to the presidency and the end of the war. His earlier life is covered, though, with particular attention to his brief tenure as vice president. He knew when he met with the obviously ailing FDR that he would not remain the vice president for long.Truman’s style is contrasted with FDR’s. He came into the presidency totally unprepared, but I suspect...
  • Harley
    1970-01-01
    Years ago a workshop facilitator asked the group I was in: "Who was president when you were born?" I like most of the people in the class had no idea. The thought had never occurred to me. When I discovered it was Harry S. Truman, I began to read books, eight in all, about him including the comprehensive Truman by David McCullough. I have even read the boring Meeting at Potsdam by Charles Mee. I was not expecting to learn anything new about Truma...
  • James Scheid
    1970-01-01
    An eloquently written non fiction history of the momentous first four months of the Truman presidency. Truman met with FDR only twice and knew he would be president at some point due to FDR's visible declining health. He had to learn on the job but worked hard to become informed. The book reads like a moderately paced thriller because of the events that occurred between April and August 1945. The defeat of the Nazis, the Potsdam Conference, the f...
  • Jim Zubricky
    1970-01-01
    A super quick read, but chock-full of details that focus on the first four months of Truman's presidency. I loved David McCullough's definitive biography on Truman, but this book was outstanding. Well written, engaging. Wonderful!
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    There are many biographies of Harry Truman, but I especially liked this one because it focuses on a single time period, the four months from FDR's death to the end of the war with Japan. In between those events were several other world-changing events, too, including Germany's surrender, the chartering of the United Nations, the Potsdam Conference (during which Churchill was replaced by Attlee as Britain's Prime Minister), the testing of the atom...
  • David
    1970-01-01
    What a pleasure to pick a book to listen to and find it to be outstanding. I knew this book would be interesting but Blaime tells a compelling story in a fast-paced way. High school educated, failed businessman, possibly machine politician Harry S Truman becomes President on FDR’s death on April 12, 1945. He then faces four of probably the most consequential months the President, Nation and World may have ever faced: VE Day, the atomic bomb, VJ...
  • Timothy
    1970-01-01
    Truman had his work cut out for him taking over the Presidency in 1945...he was more than up to the task. The sort of "every man" President we won't see again. I enjoyed Baime's look at an eventful four months.
  • Pirate
    1970-01-01
    In my humble opinion I have always felt Harry S Truman man and LBJ were two of the great US presidents and two of the most maligned or under-rated. The latter because of the plethora of books glorifying and ridiculously romanticising the 'Camelot' era that preceded him before JFK was assassinated, the former because well FDR set a super high bar. There is a nice anecdote -- one of many in this wonderful beautifully written book -- on FDR that you...
  • John Plowright
    1970-01-01
    Albert Baime’s ‘The Accidental President’ is a portrait of Truman during the first four months of his administration, from FDR’s death on 12 April 1945 until 14 August 1945, when Japan’s surrender was made public. The book is dedicated to the author’s father “who … kept a portrait of Harry S. Truman on his office wall for more than forty years”, and it is soon evident that the younger Baime shares his father’s admiration of th...
  • Jill Meyer
    1970-01-01
    It is not until April 25, 1945 (or page 167 of A.J. Baime's "The Accidental President), that newly inaugurated president Harry Truman was told about the US development of the atomic bomb. That was nearly two weeks after Truman succeeded Franklin Roosevelt, who had died on April 12th. (I'm not exactly sure, but I think the Soviets may have known about the bomb before Truman did because of the spying done at Los Alamos.) Why hadn't Truman, who had ...
  • Sheryl
    1970-01-01
    Yes, it’s another Truman book, and yes, I drove my family crazy talking about it. But there’s very good reason behind my slight obsession: the first four months of Truman’s presidency are widely — and accurately — regarded as the most intense, most eventful of any presidency in US history. Every day — literally every damn day — brought a new historically significant event. So much of the past 73 years has its roots in this critical ...
  • P.e. lolo
    1970-01-01
    A fantastic book about the early days of Truman becoming President after only three months of being Vice President. He did not know of anything that had been going on with FDR and his administration or with any plans for either of the plans for the war or after. He needed to be brought up to speed on the war with Germany, and in the Pacific. With the Manhattan project, and the plans for after the war. He was not made aware of the agreements that ...
  • John
    1970-01-01
    In reading this book and The Last 100 Days of FDR by David B Woolner we have a view of a dramatic and eventful period for the US and world affairs. I was particularly interested in why FDR decided to run for a 4th term when his health was failing and he died less than 30 days after his swearing in! What kind of medical advice was he getting to encourage him to persevere and did an aura of invincibility and responsibility drive him forward?For Har...
  • Steve
    1970-01-01
    The first book I can recall about reading about Harry Truman, And so far the best book I have read on the subject matter. Harry Truman was the Vice President of Franklin Roosevelt, Truman took over the office of President of the United States when Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 in Warm Springs, Georgia. Harry Truman was thrust into the presidency during the last four months of World War II and had big shoes to fill. the final events of World Wa...
  • Jonathan L. Swain
    1970-01-01
    There is so much to dig into on the nearly eight years of Harry Truman's presidency, but what I love about this book is that it zeros in on his first four months. The author very effectively positions the period as probably the most pivotal weeks in shaping not just the rest of the 20th Century, but even the world we live in today. He also shows with much color and observation from contemporaries the emergence of Truman as a leader no one knew or...
  • Casey Wheeler
    1970-01-01
    I received a free PDF copy of The Accidental President by A. J. Baime courtesy of Net Galley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have read a number of biographies about the Presidents of the Uni...
  • Joseph McNeely
    1970-01-01
    As a person who reads a lot of books on the presidency and history, this is the first book that I've read that dealt specifically with Harry Truman. My father has always admired Truman as one of our greatest presidents but I understood why. Reading this book, I now see why. Even though this just deals with his first months in office, this book paints a very good picture of Truman during a time where great leadership was needed. Ascending to the o...
  • Brooke
    1970-01-01
    First things first: I need a film adaptation of this book starring Mark Rylance as Truman ASAP!It was never going to be easy to follow FDR, especially unexpectedly and while in the midst of a world war. Enter Harry Truman, Missouri everyman. Although the least-likely candidate for the job, in hindsight he was perhaps the best. Despite the book's length, Baime focuses on the first four months of Truman's presidency, from FDR's sudden death, to kee...