National Archives at Kansas City

Author Lawrence J. Haas Presentation

Press Release: March 30, 2016

Author Lawrence J. Haas to Discuss Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership That Created the Free World

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host author Lawrence J. Haas for a discussion of his book Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership That Created the Free World. A free light reception will precede the discussion at 6:00 p.m.

Following the end of World War II, President Harry S. Truman and Senator Arthur Vandenberg, a Republican from Michigan, worked closely together to create a new U.S. foreign policy. Lawrence J. Haas, Senior Fellow for U. S. Foreign Policy at the American Foreign Policy Council, will discuss how Truman and Vandenberg built a tight partnership with one another to meet the emerging Soviet threat and to rebuild Europe. Working in strong bipartisan fashion at a bitterly partisan time, they crafted a dramatic new foreign policy in which the United States sought to contain Soviet expansionism and to promote freedom and prosperity through such means as the United Nations and the Marshall Plan. These two men—unlikely partners by way of personality and style—transformed the United States 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.

This program is presented in partnership with the UMKC Truman Center, Truman Presidential Library, and International Relations Council.

Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Author

Lawrence J. Haas is a former senior White House official and award-winning journalist. He received his Master's degree in history from Princeton University and has authored Sound the Trumpet: The United States and Human Rights Promotion and Running on Empty: Bush, Congress and the Politics of a Bankrupt Government. Haas is a Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the American Foreign Policy Council, a columnist and author, and a public affairs consultant. He writes widely on foreign and domestic affairs, is quoted often in newspapers and magazines, and appears frequently on radio and television.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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