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By William Lee Miller

Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower, consecutive presidents of the us, have been midwesterners alike in lots of ways—except that in addition they sharply differed.  Born inside of six years of one another (Truman in 1884, Eisenhower in 1890), they got here from small cities within the Missouri–Mississippi River Valley—in the midst of cows and wheat, pigs and corn, and grain elevators. either have been grandsons of farmers and sons of forceful moms, and of fathers who knew failure; either have been reduce center category, bought public institution educations, and have been cited in low-church Protestant denominations.
William Lee Miller interweaves Truman’s and Eisenhower’s lifestyles tales, which then additionally turns into the tale in their country because it rose to nice strength. that they had contrasting stories within the nice War—Truman, the haberdasher to be, led males in conflict; Eisenhower, the ultimate commander to be didn't. among the wars, Truman used to be the indispensable flesh presser, and Eisenhower the thoroughgoing anti-politician. Truman knew either the successes and woes of the general public lifestyles, whereas Eisenhower used to be sequestered within the peacetime military. Then within the wartime Nineteen Forties, those males have been without notice lifted above dozens of others to turn into leaders of the good nationwide efforts.
Miller describes the adverse maneuvering and bickering in the intervening time in 1952–1953 whilst energy was once to be passed from one to the opposite and an individual needed to come to a decision which hat to put on and who greeted whom. As president, each one coped with McCarthyism, the tormenting difficulties of race, and the nice problems with the rising chilly warfare. They introduced the U.S. right into a new development of worldwide accountability whereas being the 1st american citizens to carry of their palms the notable strength of guns in a position to destroying civilization.
Reading their tale is a reminder of the fashionable American tale, of standard males facing striking energy.

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