Buried Treasure: The Trials of Harry Truman (w/ Jeffrey Frank)

In March,1947 Harry Truman delivered to a joint session of Congress one of the most consequential foreign policy speeches ever given by a U.S. President. It was the speech in which Truman announced his plans to deliver aid to two embattled countries --Greece and Turkey-- threatened by instability and, as U.S. officials saw it, Communist subversion. Truman effectively was setting forth a new policy, committing the United States to assisting countries resisting aggression, or perceived threats of aggression, from Soviet Russia. It was dubbed the Truman Doctrine, and along with the Marshall plan, the creation of NATO and the Berlin Airlift, it created a global security architecture that is still very much with us and today 75 years later its shaping how Joe Biden is responding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Jeffrey Frank, author of a new book The Trials of Harry Truman, joins to talk about how the the plain speaking president from Missouri came to roll out that policy – and the role it played then and continues to play today on this episode of Skullduggery’s Buried Treasure.


  • Jeffrey Frank (@JeffreyAFrank), Author of The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of An Ordinary Man


  • Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
  • Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
  • Victoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host)



  • You can pick up Frank's book The Trials of Harry S. Truman: The Extraordinary Presidency of An Ordinary Man - Here.


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