14 - 15 February 2001
TRUMAN, Harry S. (1884-1972). Memoirs. Year of Decisions. -- Memoirs. Years of Trial and Hope. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1955-56.
2 volumes, 8vo. Specially bound in blue hard-grained morocco, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine (slightest edgewear); original publisher's board slipcases with paper spine labels (light soiling).
FIRST EDITIONS, PRESENTATION COPIES, EACH INSCRIBED BY TRUMAN TO ELEANOR ROOSEVELT on the half-titles. Volume one: "To Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt with affectionate regards and deep appreciation of her friendship, from her most sincere admirer Harry Truman Independence Dec. 21, 1955." FURTHER INSCRIBED BY TRUMAN on the paper label on the slipcase: "To Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt From HST." -- Volume two: "To Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt with affection & great respect from Harry Truman Independence July 14, 1956." FURTHER INSCRIBED BY TRUMAN on the paper label on the slipcase: "To Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt From Harry Truman."
Truman was FDR's Vice-president during his fourth term, and succeeded FDR in the Oval Office after his death in April, 1945. The choice of a running mate for FDR's fourth term was crucial, because although not widely publicized, the president's health was failing rapidly. The Democratic party knew that Roosevelt was assured of victory in the election, but had doubts that he could live for four more years. The incumbent Vice-president, Henry A. Wallace, was favored by the party's liberal wing, but seriously was opposed by its conservatives and moderates. Roosevelt decided he could not fight the battle to support Wallace at this crucial time of international politics. He accepted as his running mate James F. Byrnes, but labor and black leaders opposed his candidacy. The President then proposed Judge William O. Douglas or Truman. Outside support for Douglas was small, but Truman was generally well-respected and proved a more viable choice. Truman published his Memoirs after leaving office. AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY. (2)
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