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With Franklin Roosevelt’s death in April of 1945, Vice President Harry Truman and Senator Arthur Vandenberg, the Republican leader on foreign policy, inherited a world in turmoil. With Europe flattened and the Soviets emerging as America’s new adversary, Truman and Vandenberg built a tight, bipartisan partnership at a bitterly partisan time to craft a dramatic new foreign policy through which the United States stepped boldly onto the world stage to protect its friends, confront its enemies, and promote freedom. These two men transformed America from a reluctant global giant to a self-confident leader; from a nation that traditionally turned inward after war to one that remained engaged to shape the postwar landscape; and from a nation with no real military establishment to one that now spends more on defense than the next dozen nations combined.

Lawrence J. Haas, an award-winning journalist, reveals how, through the close collaboration of Truman and Vandenberg, the United States created the United Nations to replace the League of Nations, pursued the Truman Doctrine to defend freedom from communist threat, launched the Marshall Plan to rescue Western Europe’s economy from the devastation of war, and established NATO to defend Western Europe.
 

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"Mr. Haas, a former communications director for Vice President Al Gore, writes with an admirable lightness of touch and a command of detail that is enhanced by his insider knowledge of how Congress and the White House operate. This is a first-class story, well told, of professional politicians working in tandem during a world crisis in the best interests of the republic." Richard Aldous, Wall Street Journal
Published On: 2016-04-13

"A well-written, timely and thoroughly researched book." Taylor Dibbert, Huffington Post
Published On: 2016-03-07

“Nowhere has this remarkable story of American leadership been so well researched and recorded as in Haas’s masterpiece,  Harry and Arthur. Its special value lies in its timeliness. Not since 1945 have we faced such complex and dangerous threats. Haas frames the question perfectly: can we do it again?”—Robert McFarlane, national security advisor to President Reagan 
 
Published On: 2015-09-14

"Original and meticulously researched . . . . Informative and highly readable."—Ruth King, Family Security Matters


"Well researched and engaging. The author''s writing style makes it read more like a fast paced novel than a piece of history."—Casey Wheeler, History Book Reviews
Published On: 2016-02-27

"A well-forged thesis builds a strong argument for the ongoing significance of this foreign policy." —Kirkus starred review


"An important, well-written, well-researched, authoritative, and fascinating look at a crucial four years in American and world history." Shoshana Bryen, InFOCUS Quarterly


"Enlightening." Kevin Canfield, Kansas City Star
Published On: 2016-04-02

" Harry & Arthur serves as a timely reminder of the power of bi-partisanship."—David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express
Published On: 2016-08-30

"Members of Congress—donkeys and elephants alike—take note: Bipartisan cooperation is possible. That is the central message of this well-conceived and well-written book."—Aaron Leibel, Washington Jewish Week

Published On: 2016-03-16

“This is more than just a vivid and historically rich account of the beginnings of post–World War II bipartisanship in U.S. foreign policy. Haas’s tale of the Truman-Vandenberg relationship also reminds us that people matter in policymaking and that trust, character, compromise, and compassion are the only way to keep America united as we face a dangerous world.”—Mike McCurry, White House press secretary for President Clinton
Published On: 2015-10-19

“As Haas deftly recounts, America led a ruined world toward collective security and liberal democracy through the rare bipartisanship of Truman and Vandenberg. Now, as the internationalist consensus frays, we glance longingly to when politics stopped ‘at the water’s edge.’”—Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute

Published On: 2015-09-14

“In his very engaging  Harry and Arthur, Larry Haas provides a timely reminder that America can address big challenges when Democratic and Republican leaders put national interest before partisanship and personality.”—Herman Pirchner Jr., president of the American Foreign Policy Council
Published On: 2015-09-14

"A valuable contribution to Truman historiography."—Richard S. Kirkendall, Missouri Historical Review

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Lawrence J. Haas, an award-winning journalist and former senior White House official, is senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, a columnist on foreign affairs, and a TV and radio commentator. He is the author of five other books, including Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership That Created the Free World (Potomac Books, 2016), which the Wall Street Journal named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2016.

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Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2017
This book is about the relationship of two men from the Midwest who stepped up and did their job at a critical time in this country’s history. The Congress was extremely partisan and almost non-functioning when Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) was president. Truman was... See more
This book is about the relationship of two men from the Midwest who stepped up and did their job at a critical time in this country’s history. The Congress was extremely partisan and almost non-functioning when Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) was president. Truman was considered a foreign policy neophyte. Arthur Vandenberg (1884-1951) senator from Michigan had been an isolationist prior to Pearl Harbor. Vandenberg was the Republican Party’s leading expert on global affairs and when the Republicans gained control of the Senate he became the Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Haas tells how Truman and Vandenberg managed to overcome the hatred and political infighting to develop a bipartisan working agreement to solve the world’s problems. The Republicans wanted to return to prewar isolationism and Truman saw war and chaos coming if the problems of starving homeless people wandering a destroyed Europe were not solved. The governments of Europe were non-existent or unable to operate after the war. Haas discussed how these two men working together helped put into action the following: The United Nations, The Truman Doctrine, The Marshall Plan and The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). They rebuilt Europe so people and governments could support themselves and become an active part in the world’s solutions. Haas shows how strategy, vision and long-term goals along with humanitarianism resolved problems and led to a better world.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. The book is easy to read and packed full of information about events and people. It provides a good understanding of the time after World War II to our current situation. “Henry and Arthur: Truman and Vandenberg and the Partnership that Created the Free World” by Lawrence J. Haas is a must-read book.

I read this e-book on my Kindle app for my iPad. The book is 337 pages. Published by Potomac Books on April 1, 2016.
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Laurence Hutner
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A missing link no longer
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2016
During one of the most dangerous periods in 20thC history, the duo of Truman and Sen Vandenberg were responsible for making certain that The Marshal Plan would be approved by Congress and quickly implemented, and in so doing, prevent West Germany from becoming another... See more
During one of the most dangerous periods in 20thC history, the duo of Truman and Sen Vandenberg were responsible for making certain that The Marshal Plan would be approved by Congress and quickly implemented, and in so doing, prevent West Germany from becoming another victim of Soviet expansionism. I have known about the humanitarian Marshal Plan since I was in high school, but what I never learned was the essential work of Truman and Vandenberg moving it through Congress and making Gen Marshall''s masterpiece it a reality..
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Outstanding account of 20th century''s seminal moment
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2016
Anyone who wants a concise, readable, and insightful account of the creation of the postwar order should start here. Truman''s role is well known, but Haas brings into the spotlight the almost forgotten Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, a brilliant politician who showed how... See more
Anyone who wants a concise, readable, and insightful account of the creation of the postwar order should start here. Truman''s role is well known, but Haas brings into the spotlight the almost forgotten Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, a brilliant politician who showed how statesmanship can triumph over bitter partisanship and big egos (including his own). For anyone who cares about 20th-century U.S. diplomatic or political history, this book is not to be missed.
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Politics Stop at the Water''s Edge
Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2016
Would that be true today, but it was true for a brief moment from 1945-1949 when Republican Senator Arthur Vandenberg worked hand-in-glove with President Harry Truman to craft a revolution in American foreign policy. Lawrence Haas, a former communications director to Vice... See more
Would that be true today, but it was true for a brief moment from 1945-1949 when Republican Senator Arthur Vandenberg worked hand-in-glove with President Harry Truman to craft a revolution in American foreign policy. Lawrence Haas, a former communications director to Vice President Al Gore, tells the story about a partnership that ended a century and a half policy of isolation and turned the United States towards a policy of full-throated internationalism. All of this was done against a back drop of highly partisan domestic politics. Recall that Harry Truman called the Republican Congress of 1946-1948 the “do nothing Congress” all the while the Republicans were over-riding his vetoes on labor and tax legislation.

Not only did Vandenberg work with Truman directly, he had very cordial working relationships with Secretaries of State Stettinius, Marshall and Acheson and the very influential Under-Secretary Robert Lovett. So important was Vandenberg’s role was the Truman placed him on the U.S. delegation to the founding United Nations conference in San Francisco in 1945. Truman clearly did not want to make Wilson’s mistake by failing to appoint any Republicans to Versailles conference a quarter of a century before. At the conference Vandenberg was the author of Article 51 which enabled defensive military alliances outside of the United Nations. That article paved the way for the Rio Pact in 1947 and, more importantly, NATO in 1949.

What Truman and Vandenberg wrought was the United Nations in 1945, the Greek Turkish Aid Act of 1947 which was a direct product of the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan of 1948 and NATO in 1949. All of this was accomplished as the United States policy makers were coming to grips with a very aggressive Soviet Union in the early phase of the Cold War. Both Truman and Vandenberg recognized that Britain was done as a major power and only the United States had the ability to protect Europe and its periphery. Having the power is one thing, having the will is another? The alliance Truman and Vandenberg forged provided the will. Furthermore Vandenberg not only provided policy ideas, he shepherded the necessary legislation through the Congress.

The bipartisan era ended with China falling to the Communists in 1949 and the Korean War that followed in 1950. By then McCarthyism was on the rise and Vandenberg was dying of cancer. A return to bipartisanship would have to wait for Eisenhower’s arrival in 1953.

The lessons for today are obvious as Haas points out. With the United States under President Obama engaged in a strategic retreat from the world, there is no power present to take its place. When Britain retreated the United States was there. Thus without the United States’ will to act the world has become a more dangerous place. Where are a Truman and a Vandenberg when we need them again? I would recommend this book to all of the members of Congress and those who are now running for President. I don’t know whether it would help, but it is worth a try.
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A remarkable collaboration of bipartisanship. Today''s politicians can learn ...
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2016
A remarkable collaboration of bipartisanship. Today''s politicians can learn a lot from this book. As well, for those who wish to understand how American arrived at its current leadership role in the world, this is a must read. Mantle of Command sets the stage... See more
A remarkable collaboration of bipartisanship. Today''s politicians can learn a lot from this book.
As well, for those who wish to understand how American arrived at its current leadership role in the world, this is a must read.
Mantle of Command sets the stage with FDR''s role as commander and chief of the allies in WW II and the establishment of the UN. But Truman must take the next step to secure the peace and democracy of the Western nations--and he does with the assistance of Vandenberg.

These two books: Mantle of Command and Harry and Arthur are much reads to contemplate the US''s role today as Europe and the MiddleEast face new challenges.
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An important history lesson
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2016
Larry Haas takes us through the golden period of foreign policy activism and bipartisanship in the period from the death of FDR through the 1948 election. There is much to be learned from the panthership that Truman and Vandenberg forged. Would that our current... See more
Larry Haas takes us through the golden period of foreign policy activism and bipartisanship in the period from the death of FDR through the 1948 election. There is much to be learned from the panthership that Truman and Vandenberg forged. Would that our current congressional leaders and presidential candidates actually read it.
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The book provides the reader with amazing insight into a critical part of our history and ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2016
While I am not normally a reviewer of historical books, I did find this one particularly interesting. The book provides the reader with amazing insight into a critical part of our history and how the interaction between these two amazing individuals have had such a... See more
While I am not normally a reviewer of historical books, I did find this one particularly interesting. The book provides the reader with amazing insight into a critical part of our history and how the interaction between these two amazing individuals have had such a tremendous impact on not only the US, but on the world. I found it an easy read; It kept my interest; and I learned a great deal from this book. Highly recommended !
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Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2017
WOW! Vandenburg, of Michigan, is a rock star, this is a great co Biography of an important time in
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