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Clark Clifford: The Wise Man of Washington

John Acacia


Although not a household name, Clark Clifford (1906–1998) advised Democratic presidents from Harry S. Truman to Lyndon B. Johnson. The author, American History Professor at William Paterson University, has absorbed a mass of material and delivers an insightful if not always flattering biography. Fiercely ambitious, Clifford was a successful St. Louis lawyer when Truman, a fellow Missourian, became president in 1945. A senior colleague invited Clifford to Washington, where within a year his organizational skills won him promotion to Truman's special counsel. Happy to take credit for Truman's sp ... More

Keywords: Clark Clifford, Democratic presidents, Harry S. Truman, secretary of defense, legal career, William Paterson University, Lyndon B. Johnson, biography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813125510
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125510.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Acacia, author