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Harry S Truman: Common Man, Uncommon Leader
This program tells the remarkable story of the last president to lack a college degree, a former farmer who failed in the haberdashery business, yet emerged during one of the most critical hours in world history to become one of America's greatest and most influential presidents. We will explore Truman's upbringing and the events in his life that helped forge his character and resolve and examine his leadership style and decision-making. The lecture offers an intimate and insider look at Truman and is based on extensive interviews with former advisors to Truman and years of research in the Truman archives.

Jul 27, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Robert Watson, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of American History @Lynn University
Robert Watson is an award-winning author who has published over 40 books and roughly 200 scholarly articles and chapters on topics in history and politics, as well as two multi-edition, multi-volume encyclopedia sets on the presidents and first ladies. His recent books include Affairs of State (2012), America’s First Crisis (2014), The Presidents’ Wives (2014, 2nd ed.), The Nazi Titanic (2016), The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn (2017), George Washington’s Final Battle (2020), Escape, a story about a notorious Confederate Prison and the Union soldiers who broke out (2021), and the forthcoming books When Washington Burned (2022) and Epidemic, a story about the 1793 yellow fever outbreak that struck the capital city. His books have won the John Barry Book Award, John Lyman Book Award, Independent Publishers’ Gold Medal in History, and others, have been published in international translation, and featured on C-SPAN’s Book TV and at prominent literary festivals around the country.