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Book Review: Where the Buck Stops by Harry S. Truman

Harry Truman was the 33 rd President of the United States between the years of 1945-1953. Within his lifetime, he grew from a small town farm boy to county official, senator, and President of the United States. He successfully ended WWII, began the United Nations, implemented the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe, and attempted to contain communism with the Truman Plan. His autobiography entitled Where the Buck Stops is an excellent book that moves one into the way Truman thought about people he met and the nature of our nation. Harry Truman is very blunt in his book and talks about some presidents as do nothing and others as successful. He also discusses what it really takes to be a great president and the skills that are needed. His suggestions in this area are making up your mind and sticking with your belief system. He further states that one must both listen and then persuade in order to create influence. It is indicated that presidents should accept the past and have enough