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Philip White Authors New Book on Truman

Nov. 7, 2014

Alum Philip White (’04) tells the unlikely tale of how Harry Truman overcame a double split in his party, a Republican "dream ticket" and the Berlin Blockade to win the 1948 campaign in his latest book Whistle Stop: How 31,000 Miles of Train Travel, 352 Speeches, and a Little Midwest Gumption Saved the Presidency of Harry Truman.

According to White the book is different from the many others written about Truman.

“I did something different by tracking down sons of two gentlemen who were in the [Democratic National Convention] Research Division in 1948,” White said. “These seven young men, one of whom escaped Nazi Germany just in time, holed up in a Washington DC office and dug up talking points on each of the 352 places Truman spoke. The documents were then sent out by air courier, and a runner from Truman's train collected them. Truman read them over and then went out on the back platform to make his next speech. It was this localized, personal approach that helped the President beat Thomas Dewey on Election Day.”

Philip White graduated from MNU with a BA in English in 2004. Since then he has written two books, Our Supreme Task and Whistle Stop, and been featured on national news networks. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, Canoe & Kayak and

You can follow Philip White on Huffington Post.





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