Plain Speaking

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Berkley Books, Jul 15, 1980 - Presidents - 480 pages
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User Review  - BruceCoulson - LibraryThing

Miller freely admits that he didn't ask some questions, and that Harry may well have mis-remembered some incidents ("a privilege of old men"). But it's rare that we get an interview with someone who ... Read full review

Review: Plain Speaking: an Oral Biography of Harry S Truman

User Review  - Larry Basgall - Goodreads

I read this book as a young man. Well worth the red. Harry Truman who many vilify today and yesterday, gives an account of his life and his decisions as a man and as President of the United States. He ... Read full review


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Merle Miller was born on May 17, 1919 in Montour, Iowa, and grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa and the London School of Economics. He joined the US. Army Air Corps during World War II, where he worked as an editor of Yank. His best-known books are his biographies of three presidents: Plain Speaking: An Oral History of Harry Truman, Lyndon: An Oral Biography, and Ike the Soldier: As They Knew Him. His novels include That Winter, The Sure Thing, Reunion, A Secret Understanding, A Gay and Melancholy Sound, What Happened, Island 49, and A Day in Late September. He also wrote We Dropped the A-Bomb, The Judges and the Judged, Only You, Dick Daring!, about his experiences writing a television pilot for CBS starring Barbara Stanwyck and Jackie Cooper, and On Being Different, an expansion of his 1971 article for the The New York Times Magazine entitled ?What It Means to Be a Homosexual.? He died in 1986.

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