Bess Truman

Bess Truman

by Margaret Truman

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The astonishing story of Bess Truman and her love for her husband, Harry, as only their daughter could tell it.

Bess Truman is more than a rare, intimate, and surprising portrait of a famous First Lady who kept her deepest feelings - and considerable influence on President Truman - hidden from public view. It also is the heartwarming story of an enduring love and a remarkable political partnership.

Bess Wallace was born in 1885 in Independence, Missouri, into a secure world full of strong ideas. Young Bess was beautiful, popular, and strong-willed and could play third base and swim and ride as well as any boy. Harry Truman was a farmer's son to whom Bess always seemed out of reach. Their courtship was long and arduous, but Harry - as revealed through his endearing letters - was full of humor, gentleness, determination, and undying love that would win Bess over to him. And for sixty-nine years, Harry would be the center of her life.

Margaret Truman has been able to draw on her own personal reminiscences and a treasure trove of letters never before published - more than 1,000 from Bess found after her death and several hundred from Harry - to bring her mother and father wonderfully alive. Through their frank, uninhibited correspondence, we get a richly detailed picture of their lifelong love affair and marriage. And through the eyes of the Trumans, we come to know history as they made it.

Margaret Truman reveals the strong role her mother played in Harry Truman's important decisions. We are there during Harry's ascent to the Senate, the vice presidency, and after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, to the White House itself. And we see history from the inside out as the lives of Harry and Bess evoke the great events of the Truman era - the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the stunning upset of Thomas Dewey, the firing of Douglas MacArthur at the height of the Korean War, the vicious McCarthy hearings, and much more.

And we are there during sickness, tragedy, and triumph, as well as the Trumans' final years in Independence.

Bess Truman recreates the human drama of an extraordinary woman and a man who became one of America's most beloved presidents.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150318281
Publisher: New Word City, Inc.
Publication date: 04/18/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 293,589
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Margaret Truman is the author of the New York Times bestseller Harry S. Truman.

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Bess Truman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a Love Story I had no idea the deep love and commitment the Trumans had for each other and how long they waited to get married. This well-written book by their daughter is loaded with surprise revelations about Bess and Harry. If I could give this book 10 stars, I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written and thorough. If you want to read a biography about a president and his wife with all their personal feelings about people, places and things as primarily revealed in their letters, this book is for you. I really enjoyed it. Margaret Truman Daniel is not afraid to share the bad - and sometimes ugly - along with the good. As a result, this book reveals poignant memories along with many behind-the-scenes incidents that, because they are so well written, made this reader able to relate to the Trumans as people and not celebrities. (One caveat, presidential biographies are my reading of choice; I wasn't sure about a First Lady's bio, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it very well done and very interesting. A tribute done thoughtfully and honestly. Enjoyed it very much.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the mother in laws house. When she died at a good age she left the house to her son not the daughter who gave up time as presidents wife for mother who at all times belittled her husband