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Acknowledgments My thanks first of all to three individuals who read the book's chapters : Robert F. Byrnes, my friend and colleague at Indiana University; William E. Foley, editor of the Missouri Biography Series; and Francis H. Heller, of the School of Law, University of Kansas-especially Francis Heller, who forty years ago found himself on what one might describe as the other end of manuscript reading: he was drafting chapters of the memoirs of Harry S. Truman, and each night the author of that book took them home to read. And then there are the friends who helped with parts of the book: Terry H. Anderson, Cecil K. Byrd, J. Garry Clifford, Eugene Davidson, Charles M. Dobbs, Edward J. Drea, Andrew J. Dunar, James F. Goode, Daniel F. Harrington , Brenda L. Heaster, David Herschler, Howard Jones, Lawrence S. Kaplan, John L. Kelley, David Lowenthal, John Lukacs, Robert J. Maddox, Richard Lawrence Miller, Arnold A. Offner, Monte M. Poen, Steven L. Rearden , Bernard Sternsher, Stephen L. Vaughn, John Edward Wilz. As for friends who remembered Mr. Truman, my heartfelt appreciation goes to the late Charles F. Brannan, the last surviving (and along with Dean Acheson the most effective, said the president) member of the cabinet; Donald S. Dawson, presidential assistant, now president of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute; George M. Elsey, likewise an assistant, who occasionally recalls that he lives in the nation's capital on MacArthur Boulevard; the late Alonzo Fields, White House maitre d'h6tel; Sue Gentry, longtime (since 1929) reporter for the Independence Examiner; Wallace and Velma Graham, two of the nicest people, for their friendship over the years; William P. Hannegan, son of Robert E. Hannegan, former chairman of the Democratic national committee and postmaster general; the late Ardis Haukenberry, Mr. Truman's cousin, resident of 216 North Delaware Street, across from the Truman house; Ken Hechler, White House staffer, who studied political science and then studied it again; John K. Hulston, Ozarks lawyer, who as a youth sixty years ago drove his father and a friend to the Forty-fifth Everton Annual Picnic; the Reverend and Mrs. Thomas Melton, the Trumans' next-door neighbors, across Truman Road; Reathel Odum, who worked in the senator's office in the 1930s and continued through the White House years; David H. Stowe, presidential xiii xiv / Acknowledgments assistant, whose stories of "the boss" are affectionately hilarious; and McKinley Wooden, aet. ninety-nine, last survivor of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, AEE Again thanks to Benedict K. Zobrist, director of the Harry S. Truman Library, and his predecessor, the late Philip C. Brooks; George Curtis, assistant director; Elizabeth Safly, librarian, who makes the library so pleasant for all researchers; and the staff members over the years: Vicky Alexander, Dennis E. Bilger, Lenore Bradley, Carol Briley, Mildred L. Carol, Donna Clark, Harry Clark, John Curry, Pat Dorsey, J. R. Fuchs, Raymond Geselbracht, Niel M. Johnson, Philip D. Lagerquist, Mary Jo Minter, Erwin J. Mueller, Warren Ohrvall, Doris Pesek, Sam Rushay, Randy Sowell, Pauline Testerman. So much kind assistance came from the staff of the University of Missouri Press. Upon inquiry to Beverly Jarrett, director and editor-in-chief, as to the possibility of publishing a biography of Truman, the response was that "he was the most famous person ever to come out of Missouri" and why would she not be interested? Tim Fox, now of the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis, watched every word and phrase. Jane Lago, managing editor, put it all together. Once more a thank you to Lila and Carolyn. Harry S. Truman ...


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