The world of Presidential relations is a shrouded one, particularly concerning one President to another. But this letter offers us a glimpse. From the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria hotel in 1962 Manhattan around Christmastime, an octogenarian Herbert Hoover thinks what he’s grateful for and pens his old friend Harry S. Truman.
Hoover thanks Truman for undoing “some disgraceful action,” referring to FDR having kept him on the outs of Washington ever since the 1932 election. But with post-WWII reconstruction issues and foreign aid looming, Truman hand-picked Hoover for his expertise in foreign policy, thereby resurrecting a career and forging the start of a beautiful friendship.
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