H. W. Brands will present The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War

HW Brands

EVENT OVERVIEW:  H. W. Brands, Bestselling Historian will be In Conversation with Kurt Graham, Director of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum for H. W.'s  New Hardcover The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Henry William (H. W.) Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. ~ He taught at Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History.  He writes on American history and politics, with books including Reagan, The Man Who Saved the Union, Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, American Colossus, The Age of Gold, The First American and TR. Several of his books have been bestsellers; Traitor to His Class and The First American, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  From master storyteller and historian H. W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II.

At the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Heir to a struggling economy, a ruined Europe, and increasing tension with the Soviet Union, on no issue was the path ahead clear and easy. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The lessons he drew from World War II were absolute: appeasement leads to disaster and a showdown with the communists was inevitable--the sooner the better. In the nuclear era, when the Soviets, too, had the bomb, the specter of a catastrophic third World War lurked menacingly close on the horizon.

The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. From the drama of Stalin's blockade of West Berlin to the daring landing of MacArthur's forces at Inchon to the shocking entrance of China into the war, The General and the President vividly evokes the making of a new American era.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 6:30 PM.  A 6:00 PM Reception will precede the Presentation.

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, 500 W US Highway 24, Independence, Missouri 64050

EVENT FORMAT:  H. W. Brands will be In Conversation with Kurt Graham, Director of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

EVENT REGISTRATION:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event with Required Registration.  Seating is General Admission.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  H. W.'s Books will be for Sale at the Event.  RSVP by E-mail to Reservations.Truman@NARA.gov or Call the Library at 816-268-8200.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication Date for The General vs. The President is Tuesday, October 11, 2016.  All Orders will be processed immediately.  Books will be available for store pickup beginning Tuesday, October 11, 2016.  We will automatically have your Order held at the Will Call Table of this Event if you are unable to pick it up at the Bookstore before Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 2:00 PM.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination. 

Event date: 
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
500 W US Highway 24
Independence, MO 64050
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