The National Security Legacy of Harry S. Truman

Robert P. Watson, Michael J. Devine, & Robert Wolz, eds.


Harry S. Truman’s national security legacy, as documented here by Truman scholars and political leaders on the 50th anniversary of the end of his presidency, is marked by a series of noteworthy foreign policy initiatives. (TLS 1)

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The Truman Legacy Series, Vol. 1

Harry S. Truman’s national security legacy, as documented here by Truman scholars and political leaders on the 50th anniversary of the end of his presidency, was marked by a series of noteworthy foreign policy initiatives. Credited with establishing post-World War II order, Truman’s political heritage also includes the creation of NATO and the United Nations, food and foreign aid programs, the Marshall Plan and the integration of the U.S. armed forces.

Contributions from distinguished former aides to President Truman and recognized national security experts make this book an especially important and unique read. Highlights include a conclusion by General Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor to Presidents Ford and Bush, and a foreword by Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s grandson.


Life of Harry S. Truman
The Man from Missouri.....Robert P. Watson
Truman in Key West....Robert J. Wolz

Working For Truman
Truman’s Six Immaterial Legacies.....George M. Elsey
Remembering Truman.....Ken Hechler
Truman, the Man.....Milton Kayle

Truman & National Security
Truman and Containment: The Road to a Historic Legacy.....John Davis
Strained Echoes of Harry S. Truman and the Marshall Plan: George W. Bush and the Reconstruction of Iraq.....Douglas M. Brattebo
An Enduring Legacy: Harry S. Truman and the Formation of NATO.....Tom Lansford
Leading through Multilateralism: The United Nations and the National Security Legacy of President Truman.....Meena Bose
Lessons from Truman: Comparing the End of WWII and the End of the Cold War.....General Brent Scowcroft


Michael J. Devine completed his PhD at Ohio State University. He is the former director of the Truman Presidential Museum and Library and president of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute. A respected scholar and diplomatic historian with several publications to his credit, Devine served as a senior Fulbright lecturer in Korea and a distinguished professor in China. Devine was formerly the Illinois state historian and director of the American Heritage Museum at the University of Wyoming.

Robert P. Watson received his PhD from Florida Atlantic University. He is associate professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University and founding editor of the journal White House Studies. The author or editor of twenty-five books, Watson has published over a hundred articles and chapters on such topics as the presidency, first ladies, campaigns/elections, civil rights, environmental policy, bureaucracy, and American politics. Watson has been interviewed by CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, and numerous other media outlets, appeared on C-SPAN’s Book TV program, was a guest for’s coverage of the 2001 presidential inauguration, and directed the first-ever Report to the First Lady, which was presented to the White House in 2001. He serves on the boards on several journals, academic associations, and presidential foundations—including the Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation—and has lectured as a visiting scholar at many universities and presidential sites, including the Truman Presidential Museum and Library.

Robert J. Wolz is executive director of the Harry S. Truman Little White House, a position he has held since 1999. He has extensive experience with historic sites and history tourism, and has organized historical exhibits on such topics as Florida history, Native American history, and the Grand Army of the Republic. He is the author of The Legacy of the Harry S. Truman Little White House: Presidents in Paradise, Collecting the Grand Army of the Republic and its Allied Orders, and several articles on Florida history. Wolz is past vice commander-in-chief and national historian of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and a graduate of Youngstown State University with a degree in American history.


Truman was credited with bring[ing] post-WWII order: both former aides to the President and seasoned national security experts blend memories with analysis in a coverage recommended for any college-level library strong in political science and American history.

Midwest Book Review

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