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A Look at Truman

President Harry Truman's grandson, speaking ahead of the release of his latest book about the relationship between the 33rd president and his wife, offers some insights into the last American president to not hold a college degree, who was so penniless by the end of his life that he and his wife were the first recipients of Medicare, who set the stage for America's Cold War policies, and who ordered the only military usage of the atomic bomb, which he called "the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark." The thing that the grandson seems to stress is Truman's humility and lack of pomp. Interesting fellow.

As something extra, in light of President Obama's comments today, it is worth noting that President Truman recognized the existence of Israel eleven minutes after it declared itself a nation 63 years ago last week.
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