Unpopular president Truman subject of speech by well-known historian

A popular U.S. general and an extremely unpopular president were central characters in a political drama that unfolded in the 1950s in the United States, and distinguished historian

H.W. Brands (Photo by Marsha Miller)

will discuss the showdown between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur at an event Thursday, Feb. 9.


The event, hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, and in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library and Museum, will feature a discussion about the showdown between the two powerful leaders that took place during the challenges of the Korean War and the hysteria of McCarthyism.


The program is set to start at 7 p.m. at the Eberhard Center Rom 215, located on Grand Valley State University’s downtown Grand Rapids campus.


Brands will base his lecture on the research he conducted for his latest New York Times’ best-selling book, The General vs. The President.


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at hauensteincenter.org/rsvp


A book sale and signing will take place following Brands’ lecture.


Brands is an American educator, author, and historian. He has authored 25 books on U.S. history and biography. He is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and a Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. His works have twice been selected as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.