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Common Ground: H.W. Brands - LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

Common Ground Events Presented by the Hauenstein Center

Common Ground Events Presented by the Hauenstein Center

Date and Time

Thursday, February 9, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


  • Eberhard Center » 215-All


At the dawn of a new era in American history, President Harry S. Truman struggled with unfavorable public opinion wrought against him in response to growing concerns about the Soviet Union and a challenging economic transition following World War II. For this embattled president, the future appeared complicated and uncertain.

In stark contrast to Truman, General Douglas MacArthur enjoyed immense popularity. His experiences in war led him to believe in the inevitability of a military showdown with communist countries. For this celebrated general, the future was easy to predict and urgent in its demands.

In partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library & Museum, the Hauenstein Center is proud to host distinguished historian H.W. Brands. Professor Brands will discuss the conflict between MacArthur and Truman, a story that unfolded amid the challenges of the Korean War and the hysteria of McCarthyism. His latest book, The General vs. the President, is sure to please those seeking to learn more about the relationship between two iconic figures of American life at midcentury.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP. Parking is available in the Fulton Lot.



Morgan Eaton

Event Planner, Hauenstein Center

616.331.7071 |



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