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Thomas Meaney: Truman’s Plan, 6 December 2018

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World 
by A.J. Baime.
Doubleday, 431 pp., £20, February 2018, 978 0 85752 366 2
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The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War 
by Benn Steil.
Oxford, 606 pp., £25, March 2018, 978 0 19 875791 7
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... after meeting him at Potsdam, ‘is as near like Tom Pendergast as any man I know.’ As​ A.J. Baime makes abundantly clear in The Accidental President, no one wanted Truman to become president, possibly not even himself. He was ambitious, but not that ambitious. ‘I’m one American who didn’t expect to be president,’ he told the press, in one ...

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