The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

A. J. Baime (Author)

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Mariner Books
Publish Date
October 02, 2018
5.2 X 1.3 X 7.9 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

A. J. BAIME is the New York Times best-selling author of The Arsenal of Democracy and Go Like Hell. Both books are in development for major motion pictures. Baime is a longtime regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal.


"A. J. Baime is a master. His reporting and storytelling are woven to hypnotic effect. Opening the first page of The Accidental President is like pulling up a chair to Truman's White House desk where we sit engrossed as world events unfold in the most intimate manner, titanic in scale. Baime brings us as close as we are likely to get to this completely surprising, quirky, wily, and transformational president. This is history and humanity in lush, vivid color."--Doug Stanton, author of The Odyssey of Echo Company and Horse Soldiers

"A. J. Baime is a master storyteller, and The Accidental President contains everything a reader could ever want from a work of history: characters that jump off the page, tension that makes your pulse pound, and smooth, smart writing that makes you think. Amazing!"--Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life and Luckiest Man

"Intimate and absorbing, A. J. Baime's biography uses new sources to paint Harry Truman as a complex and thoroughly American figure. A sharply drawn portrait of an era as well as a man."--Stephan Talty, author of The Black Hand and Agent Garbo

"No president in history--particularly one who came in without having been briefed by his predecessor--has faced such monumental decisions. A. J. Baime has put a spotlight on those four months, recounting them faithfully and with heart, so that you come away with not only a sense of history, but a sense of the man, Harry Truman, as well. As Grandpa himself said a few years later, 'It's hell to be president of the greatest most powerful nation on earth.'"--Clifton Truman Daniel, Truman's grandson and author of Growing Up with My Grandfather: Memories of Harry Truman

"An entertaining new history of Truman's first months in office . . . filled with events that are strikingly proportionate to what the Trump administration has weathered since January."--John Batchelor, Daily Beast

"A fast-paced, well-detailed chronology of Truman's transformation from an official with little administrative responsibility into a politically astute and ultimately beloved leader . . . A warmly human portrait of an unlikely president." --Kirkus Reviews