Harry S. Truman

U.S. PRESIDENT

(1884-1972) Outspoken, sometimes outrageous, always full of uncommon insights with the down-home, across-the-back-fence feeling of a great storyteller. The thirty-third president went into his Presidency completely in the dark on National and international events, and yet had to make some of the most difficult decisions any President had to make up to that time.

Willing to comment frankly on his decision to drop the atomic bomb but typically humble about his own impact on American history. After firing General MacArthur, Truman left Washington with the lowest approval rating of any President in American history. Without any pension or Secret Service protection, he traveled back to his home in Missouri only to borrow money to live on until he could write his memoirs.