Harry S. Truman

The Truman No-Show
September 14, 2009

In 1949, a year after the state of Israel was created, its Chief Rabbi visited President Harry Truman in Washington. Isaac Halevi Herzog told Truman that his role in helping the Jewish state achieve its independence was not just a matter of politics and diplomacy; it was a divine mission.

Cold War Liberalism
April 09, 2007

by Ron RadoshTwo years ago, TNR's Peter Beinart argued in his book The Good Fight, that a vibrant liberal tradition advocating a tough but realistic foreign policy was the heart of a mainstream liberal foreign policy. As reviewer James A. Lindsay explained in The Washington Post Book World, "In the years following World War II, it was Democrat Harry S. Truman who developed a coherent and compelling vision of national greatness in the dangerous world.

All About The Benjamins
February 28, 2007

Harry S. Truman will be remembered as our last truly honest president. Honest in politics and honest in his own personal life. In this morning's Boston Globe, columnist Jeff Jacoby compares Truman's life and lifestyle to those of our recent presidents. Of course, Truman had little money and the government gave him less as pension. The contrasts with Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush are dazzling.

Truman’s Gift to Democracy—Free Choice in ’52
April 06, 1952

THE WITHDRAWAL of Harry S. Truman from the 1952 election race greatly increases the chances of the Democratic Party to win. With more than three months to go before the national nominating convention, the Democrats have ample time in which to weigh the available candidates and decide upon their strongest slate. In Gov. Adlai Stevenson and Sen. Estes Kefauver, the Democratic Party has two men fully acceptable as liberal standard bearers.

The Tax Thieves of 1951
November 12, 1951

Andrew W. Mellon “planned, schemed, contrived and devised a comprehensive scheme and plan of tax evasions and tax avoidance while he held the office of the Secretary of the Treasury of the US.” That was the charge of the Treasury Department when Mellon left. Treasury officials claimed that Mellon defrauded the government of about $2 million in taxes owed by him for 1931, his final year as Secretary. Mellon answered simply that he had computed his own return.