Bibliography of Harry S. Truman

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This Bibliography of Harry S. Truman is a selective list of scholarly works about Harry S. Truman, the thirty-third President of the United States (1945–1953).

Reference and historiography[edit]

  • Kirkendall, Richard S. Harry S. Truman Encyclopedia (1990)
  • Margolies, Daniel S., ed. (2012). A Companion to Harry S. Truman. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3141-7. 614pp; 27 essays by scholars focusing on historiography
  • Kirkendall, Richard S. ed. Harry's Farewell: Interpreting and Teaching the Truman Presidency (2004) essays by scholars
  • Levantrosser, William F. ed. Harry S. Truman: The Man from Independence (1986). 25 essays by scholars and Truman aides. online edition


External video
Organization of American Historians panel on Truman biographies: "The participants discussed three recent biographies of President Truman by McCullough, Hamby and Ferrell. Four historians reviewed the books and two of the biographers responded to these critiques. They also discussed the larger issues associated with biography of leading historical figures. Ferrell's book is titled, Harry S. Truman: A Life, Hamby's is Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman and McCullough's is Truman.", C-SPAN
External video
Booknotes interview with David McCullough on Truman, July 19, 1992, C-SPAN[1]
  • Graff, Henry F., ed. (1996). The Presidents: A Reference History (2nd ed.). New York: Scribner Book Company. pp. 443–458. ISBN 978-0-684-80471-2.
  • Hamby, Alonzo L. Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman (1995)
  • Jesperson, Christopher. "Drama at Blair House: the attempted assassination of Harry Truman". Journal of Conflict Studies (Fall 1995).
  • McCullough, David (1992). Truman. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-86920-5.

Foreign policy[edit]

  • Appleman, Roy E. (1992). South to the Naktong, North to the Yalu (June–November 1950). Washington, DC: Center of Military History, U.S. Army. ISBN 978-0-16-035958-3.
  • Blair, Clay (2003). The Forgotten War: America in Korea, 1950–1953. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-59114-075-7.
  • Divine, Robert A. "The Cold War and the Election of 1948," The Journal of American History, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Jun. 1972), pp. 90–110 in JSTOR
  • Duiker, William J. (1994). U.S. Containment Policy and the Conflict in Indochina. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-2283-4.
  • Gaddis, John Lewis. "Reconsiderations: Was the Truman Doctrine a Real Turning Point?" Foreign Affairs 1974 52(2): 386–402. ISSN 0015-7120
  • Holloway, David (1994). Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy 1939–1956. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-06664-7.
  • Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi. Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan (2009)
  • Heiss, Mary Ann, and Michael J. Hogan, eds. Origins of the National Security State and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman (Kirksville: Truman State University Press, 2015(. xvi, 240 pp.
  • Ivie, Robert L. "Fire, Flood, and Red Fever: Motivating Metaphors of Global Emergency in the Truman Doctrine Speech." Presidential Studies Quarterly 1999 29(3): 570–591. ISSN 0360-4918
  • Kepley, David R. (1988). The Collapse of the Middle Way: Senate Republicans and the Bipartisan Foreign Policy, 1948–1952. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-25784-1.
  • Lacey, Michael J. ed. The Truman Presidency (1989)
  • LaFeber, Walter (1993). America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945–1992 (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0-07-035853-9.
  • Matray, James. "Truman's Plan for Victory: National Self Determination and the Thirty-Eighth Parallel Decision in Korea," Journal of American History 66 (September 1979), 314–333. in JSTOR
  • Matray, James I. Northeast Asia and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman: Japan, China, and the Two Koreas (2012)
  • Merrill, Dennis. "The Truman Doctrine: Containing Communism and Modernity" Presidential Studies Quarterly 2006 36(1): 27–37. ISSN 0360-4918
  • Offner, Arnold A. "'Another Such Victory': President Truman, American Foreign Policy, and the Cold War." Diplomatic History 1999 23(2): 127–155. ISSN 0145-2096
  • Pelz, Stephen. "When the Kitchen Gets Hot, Pass the Buck: Truman and Korea in 1950," Reviews in American History 6 (December 1978), 548–555. Online at Project MUSE
  • Pierpaoli Jr., Paul G. Truman and Korea: The Political Culture of the Early Cold War. University of Missouri Press, 1999 online edition
  • Sandler, Stanley (1995). The Korean War: An Encyclopedia. New York: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-8240-4445-9.
  • Smith, Geoffrey S. "'Harry, We Hardly Know You': Revisionism, Politics and Diplomacy, 1945–1954," American Political Science Review 70 (June 1976), 560–582. Online at JSTOR
  • Spalding, Elizabeth Edwards (2006). The First Cold Warrior: Harry Truman, Containment, and the Remaking of Liberal Internationalism. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-2392-9.
  • Wainstock, Dennis D. Truman, MacArthur, and the Korean War (1999) online edition
  • Walker, J. Samuel. Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan (1997) online edition
  • Walker, J. Samuel. "Recent Literature on Truman's Atomic Bomb Decision: A Search for Middle Ground" Diplomatic History April 2005 – Vol. 29 Issue 2 Pp 311–334
  • Judis, John B.: Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014. ISBN 978-0-374-16109-5

Politics and domestic issues[edit]

  • Berman, William C. The politics of civil rights in the Truman administration (1970) online
  • Bernstein, Barton J., ed. (1970). Politics and Policies of the Truman Administration (2nd ed.). Franklin Watts. ISBN 978-0-531-06328-6.
  • Bernstein, Barton J., ed. (1969). "America In War and Peace: The Test of Liberalism". Towards A New Past: Dissenting Essays in American History. New York: Vintage Books. pp. 289–291. ISBN 978-0-394-70494-4. reprinted in Hamby 1974, pp. 52–68.
  • Bolles, Blair (1952), How to Get Rich in Washington: Rich Man's Division of the Welfare State, New York: Norton.
  • Boyer, Paul (1994). By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 978-0-8078-4480-9.
  • Brooks, Karl Boyd, ed. The Environmental Legacy of Harry S. Truman, (Kirksville: Truman State University Press, 2009. xxxvi, 145 pp. ISBN 978-1-931112-93-2
  • Dean, Virgil W. "Why not the Brannan plan?." Agricultural History (1996): 268–282. in JSTOR, on agriculture
  • Ferrell, Robert H. (1994). Choosing Truman: The Democratic Convention of 1944. University of Missouri Press. ISBN 978-0-8262-7298-0.
  • Fried, Richard M. (1990). Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-504361-7.
  • Gardner, Michael R. Harry Truman and Civil Rights: Moral Courage and Political Risks. Southern Illinois University Press, 2002. xx + 276 pp. ISBN 0-8093-2425-3. online review online edition
  • Hartmann, Susan M. Truman and the 80th Congress (1971)
  • Heller, Francis H. Economics and the Truman Administration (1981)
  • Koenig, Louis W. The Truman Administration: Its Principles and Practice (1956)
  • Lacey, Michael J. ed. The Truman Presidency (1989)
  • Lee, R. Alton; Truman and Taft-Hartley: A Question of Mandate. University of Kentucky Press, 1966 online edition
  • Marcus, Maeva Truman and the Steel Seizure Case: The Limits of Presidential Power (1994)
  • Matusow, Allen J. Farm policies and politics in the Truman years (Harvard University Press, 1967).
  • Parmet, Herbert S. The Democrats: The Years After FDR (Oxford University Press, 1976)
  • Pietrusza, David (2011), 1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year that Changed America, New York: Union Square Press.
  • Ryan, Halford R. Harry S. Truman: Presidential Rhetoric (1993) online edition
  • Theoharis, Athan. The Truman Presidency: The Origins of the Imperial Presidency and the National Security State (1979).

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Truman on US postage stamps[edit]

Other bibliographies[edit]


  1. ^ "Truman". C-SPAN. July 19, 1992. Retrieved March 27, 2017.

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