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Matthew Hennessey
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Matt Truman wasn't entirely clean. I show when he had to give in to the boss and the consequence of getting psychosomatic illnesses. He hid out in hotels and wrote memos for posterity, called the Pickwick Papers. Do I ever call Truman a cracker-barrel character??? He was a mid-Western farmer populist.
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Excellent review. Enjoyed reading it. Form my money, Truman was one of the great Americans of the 20th century.
One small point: Truman commanded a battery, not a battalion in the First World War. (An artillery battery is the equivalent of a company in the infantry.)
Steven L. Thompson October 05, 2012 at 2:21 PM
Actually, Truman was a battery commander, not a battalion commander.
Alena Hrom√°dkov√°, Prague October 05, 2012 at 8:32 AM
After the WWII H. Truman was the most hated U.S. politician in the USSR and its satellites. His honesty, responsibility and common sense attitudes were a painful nightmare for all the old guard stalinists.Only US political system could generate the sort of patriots the Communists eradicated in all countries they ruled or influenced.
President Truman was the last good Democrat president. I have an autographed photo of him in my den. He made "cracker-barrel" honest and to many, even honorable