Doing some background reading on the Cold War in recent months, I've found myself more and more deeply impressed by Harry Truman. His domestic policies, a rehash of FDR's New Deal, which represented a hash in the first place, were more or less indefensible, but his foreign policy demonstrated immense courage and imagination--within about 18 months of the day FDR's sudden death elevated Truman to the presidency, Truman had established the policy of containment, which would remain our basic policy throughout the Cold War.
How did a man who had no more than a high school education learn what he needed to know to comport himself successfully--even, though unappreciated at the time, brilliantly--as chief executive? Simple. All his life, Truman read voraciously. Below, a photograph of Harry and Bess in retirement. Note, if you will--and I draw the particular attention of Mr. Rob Long to this--the absence of any television, computer, or iPad. We will never see his like again.
A tip of the hat to Ricochet's unofficial chaplain, Rev. George Rutler.