This book is based largely on the works of other scholars who have written on the years of the Truman and Eisenhower presidencies, but it is also grounded in research at both the Truman and Eisenhower Libraries. For generous assistance in support of that research, I wish to express appreciation to the Graduate School and the College of Humanities of the Ohio State University, and to the Harry S. Truman Library Institute. A Moody Research Grant from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and a grant from the Everett M. Dirksen Congressional Leadership Research Center also provided support for some of the research underlying this volume.
While conceding that responsibilities for any errors or shortcomings that remain must inevitably be mine, I wish to thank, for their helpful suggestions, Keith W. Olson, the two scholars who read and criticized an early version of the first edition for Harlan Davidson, and, of course, the editors of this series, A. S. Eisenstadt and John Hope Franklin.
To my children Jennifer and Jamie—products of a later era—I dedicate this book, with love.
Gary W. Reichard Long Beach, California