Plain Speaking

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Berkley Books, Jul 15, 1980 - Presidents - 480 pages
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Review: Plain Speaking: an Oral Biography of Harry S Truman

User Review  - Torgeir Teigum - Goodreads

"The last human being to occupy the White House" (author's saying). Interesting to read about his clear decision to use the atomic bomb and his cooperation with Trygve Lie and the United Nations to stop the Korean war. Read full review

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

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The interview work that originally occurred to assist in the production of a television series about President Harry S. Truman. The series concept lost momentum and history nearly lost the amazing ... 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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