New York: Doubleday, 1955 / 1956. First Edition. Volumes I & II Both copies are INSCRIBED on the title page by President Harry S. Truman: "To John E. Horan / From Harry S. Truman" Paired copy nestled into a bright red box case with title papered on spine. Books each have a water spot on top pages 2" x 1" where some of the blue top pages has bled onto back of jackets. YOTH has paper separation at front inside spine (which for some reason is not uncommon with this volume). DJ has chipping at corners, fraying at top bottom of spine, creasing on rear bottom. YOD has tiny chip on rear top cover, DJ fraying top and bottom of spine as well as top rear with small crease at bottom. Very good / very good. Item #47
"The presidency of the United States in recent times, even in the prewar period had become a highly complicated and exacting job. But to this already heavy burden the war had added new and crushing responsibilities. Not only did the President now have to function as Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States, but he also had to assume the major share of the leadership of a far-flung coalition of allied nations." (p 199).