Posted on September 20, 2017
Harry S. Truman is currently considered a great President, but he left office deeply unpopular. What does this tell us about meritocracy?
David McCullough's Truman was on the top of my stack this summer. I thought I knew about Harry S. Truman, but really all I knew about the United States' 33rd President was the brief period following Roosevelt's death and his decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan to hasten the end of WWII. On this alone Truman would stand as a notable figure in the history of our nation, yet those were not his sole accomplishments nor his only lasting legacies.
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