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Harry S. Truman "Memoirs by Harry S. Truman" Signed First Limited Edition, Dual-Signed Two-Volume Set
Harry S. Truman "Memoirs by Harry S. Truman" Signed First Limited Edition, Two-Volume Set

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Publisher: Doubleday and Company (1955, 1955)
Binding: Hardcover cloth
Edition: Signed First and Limited Edition
Dimensions: Near Fine (read description)

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Product Code: 140-300

A historical treasure for the advanced collector.

A unique addition to your presidential library. Signed just one year after the first-edition release of the second volume, this incredible two-book set makes an extraordinary acquisition for collectors of historical volumes and Presidential memoirs.

This unique and highly valuable two-volume memoir set in near-Fine condition, by the 33rd President of the United States, is an exceptional first-edition find. Volume One, “Year of Decisions,” was published by Doubleday in 1955, and Volume Two, “Years of Trial and Hope” in 1956, as stated on the copyright page.

Volume one is a "First Edition" as stated on the copyright page.
Volume two of this set is the special Kansas City limited edition, with only 11,500 copies printed.

These books are not Book Club Editions.

Both volumes are hand signed by Harry S. Truman on the dedication page, with personalized inscriptions. This is a rare find, as Truman nearly always signed only the first volume of his memoirs. There are very few signed copies of the second volume, and only a handful of complete sets with both volumes signed to the same person, on the same day.

The inscription for "Year of Decisions" reads:

“To Prof. Neal + Marie T. Door
with kindest regards
Harry Truman
Oct. 16, 1957”

The second volume, "Years of Trial and Hope", is also signed and dated:

“With best wishes to
Neal + Marie T. Door
Harry Truman

Condition: Unread books in Near Fine condition. While the original dust jackets are missing, which is common, the volumes themselves are clean, bright copies with few blemishes. Volume Two contains a slight stain on the front free end paper, as pictured. Tight, square spines with very minimal wear to the top and bottom edges as shown. Original black cloth hardcover. Sharp corners with no bumps. No attached bookplates or indication of any removed. A lovely set, not commonly found in this condition.

About the Author

Born in Missouri on May 8, 1884, Harry S. Truman was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s vice president for just 82 days before Roosevelt died, and Truman became the nation’s 33rd president. In his first months in office, he ended World War II by dropping the atomic bomb on Japan. His policy of communist containment started the Cold War, and he initiated U.S. involvement in the Korean War. Truman left office in 1953 and died in 1972.

About the Books

1945: Year of Decisions

In this invaluable account, President Truman provides extraordinary insight into events and decisions that have shaped the world we live in. The momentous year, 1945, witnessed the accession of a new president in wartime, the first use of atomic weaponry, the end of the war with Japan and the founding of United Nations. Engaging and informal, Truman's Memoirs display the sterling character of a man who, thrust into a job he neither sought nor wanted, proved to be one of the ablest men ever to hold the office of the presidency.
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1946-52: Years of Trial and Hope

Covering the major issues of Truman’s administration, the substance is approached in this book issue by issue: atomic energy; the Taft-Hartley Act; universal military training; problems of security; the Brannan farm plan and his own goals in agriculture- hamstrung by Congress; the post-war procedures in atomic energy and the decision about the hydrogen bomb; the seizure of the steel mills; the issue of the Truman off-shore oil bill and the overriding of the veto; and, midway, the pattern of the political campaign and the election.

Throughout, the reader must begin to realize the concentrated devotion to the goals as he saw them, his determination to know every possible aspect of each subject before reaching a decision, the depth of understanding on a wide range of topics, occasional snap judgments, errors in conclusion, more than offset by long term thinking and courage in risking condemnation of public opinion, within as well as without the party. In these pages Harry S. Truman grows in stature, and the final verdict of history is implicit in the story.
[excerpted from Kirkus Reviews]

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