As was true when this volume first appeared, there exists no scholarly study that focuses on American political life in the years 1945 to 1960 as a single era. Sound coverage is given to the period, however, by three narrative works on political history since 1945: William Leuchtenburg, In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan (1983); Herbert Parmet, The Democrats: The Years After FDR (1976); and David Reinhard, The Republican Right Since 1945 (1983). Arthur M. Schlesinger's The Imperial Presidency (1973) also includes valuable coverage of the Truman and Eisenhower years, while Alonzo Hamby, Liberalism and Its Challengers: FDR to Reagan (1985) includes interesting biographical essays on key figures of the period.
Individually, however, both Truman and Eisenhower have continued to attract the attention of historians. The production of works on their presidencies rose to high tide in the 1970s and 1980s, and has ebbed only somewhat in recent years. In the first “wave,” the historical reputations of both presidents rose; the subsequent literature, much of it based on newly available information, has not appreciably diminished the standing of either.