Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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University of Missouri Graduate Outlines Recent Award Winning Book

July 30, 2001 - Independence, MO - Nationally noted author Richard B. Frank, whose book on World War II, Downfall, analyzes the possible courses for ending the war with Japan, will share his thoughts on war and history as the featured speaker at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library on Saturday, August 4.

Born in Kansas and a graduate of the University of Missouri, Frank won the 2000 Harry S. Truman Book Award for Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire (Random House, Inc. 1999). The presentation is scheduled for noon on Saturday and will be followed by a book-signing session in the museum lobby.

Frank's most recent book, Downfall, was a main selection of the History Book Club and won the New York Military Affairs Symposium Book award in addition to the honor presented by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute. Random House published his first book, Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle in 1990. Frank has participated in several academic seminars and appeared on numerous national television programs, including History Center, Movies in Time and Biography.

Frank's book, selected for the Truman Award from a field of twenty-five submitted entries, offers a profound answer to the debate that has existed for more than 50 years. Downfall justifies the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. His conclusion is derived from Japan's capability of continuing the war even after its serious defeats in late 1944.

Frank also documented the various plans of the Japanese leadership that held the fate of the Japanese people in their hands. In a book review the Associated Press said Downfall is a monumental book that illuminates the events that would shape the rest of the 20th century.

Admission to the lecture is free with museum admission, but seating is limited. Seat reservations can be made by calling the Central Ticket office at 816/235-6222

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and $3 for children 6-18 years old. For more information, call 1-800-833-1225 or visit the web site at www.trumanlibrary.org. The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administrations.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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