An interesting, though not terribly well written book. Truman often comes across as naive, clumsy, impulsive and, at times, downright stupid. It's all the more surprising at the end to find Churchill saying he thought that no one during the postwar period did more to protect the world from the danger posed by Soviet Russia - and Jenkins apparently agrees with this. It makes you wonder whether intelligence isn't somewhat overrated.
The part I found most memorable concerned Truman's relationship with Kansas City machine boss Tom Pendergast, an unsavoury character who dominated Truman's early political career. When Truman met Stalin for the first time, his initial impression was positive. "I like Joe Stalin," he apparently said. "He reminds me of Pendergast."