“What Happened To Monday, Ending Explained” by Bill Bennett is a fun book. It starts off with the usual dull stuff we’ve heard about before, including Monday’s newspaper, the state of the economy, and why President Harry Truman fired General Harry S. Truman and Secretary of State Harry S. Donovan. After that, we get some of President Harry Truman’s top advisers, who give their personal view of what happened to Monday. It then goes on to list the Cabinet members, which include the new secretary of state, Mr. Elliott Dulles; Undersecretaries Bernard Baruch and George C. Marshall; secretaries of Defense, James R.iffe and Douglas MacArthur; Assistant Secretaries of State for External Affairs, James Baker; Undersecretaries of Transportation, John Dulles and Walt Whitman; Commissars of the Army and Navy, General George S. Patton and Adm. Chester Nimitz; and finally Secretary of State, Mrs. Seward.
There are many things I liked about this book, but there were a few things I felt were a bit odd or overdone
For one thing, the terminology is rather confusing at times, especially towards the end. In one scene, Mr. Bennett describes Secretary of State Marshall as saying: “I’m not a boy’s club.” Yet, in the next scene, he is seen giving a similar speech to the nation. I would have expected the secretary of state to stop using that particular terminology at the beginning, when the audience is composed mainly of men.
The other problem I had with “What Happened To Monday, Ending Explained” was the timeline. In the first Act, we are introduced to most of the principals, and indeed we know their histories. But we are introduced to the president, and his inner circle only after the firing of President Truman. We don’t learn anything about the national security adviser until the second act. There just doesn’t seem to be enough information in the first book to base any opinions on.
Perhaps that is the problem with this book, and with a lot of historical works, as well
Too often, historians choose to write about one man or one event and interpret it in a way that gives the reader the meaning they want. Sometimes they have to use the same language as those who were present. I always felt as though some of what was written in this book could have been left out, if only for the sake of continuity. If the author wanted to include everything that took place during the presidency, he could have written the book two or three years later.
Instead, he chose to write a book about the forty-year period immediately following the inauguration of President Harry S. Truman. Why? Because he wanted to provide as broad an interpretation as possible, while still providing some important details about how these events affected the president. We learn about some of the key players involved, and we get a clear picture of what happened during the last few months of the president’s term.
What happened to Monday Ending Explained isn’t simply a historical account
Rather, it is a novel that takes readers through the short chronicles of political chaos and controversy. Although the author repeatedly draws attention to the current political circumstances, he does not put all of the blame on either party. The story begins by setting the scene during the last week of Harry S. Truman’s term as president, just as news reports begin to emerge about the resignation of President Harry S. Truman. After reading what happened to Monday Ending Explained, I wished I had read it before those reports broke.
This book is part of a trilogy of five-books based on the history of President Harry S. Truman and the Cold War. While this book certainly covers some important events, what struck me as most interesting was the fact that author Laura Wharton took the time to write a sequel to her first book. That second book, What Happened to Monday Ending Explained, covers the events leading up to the resignation. Having read the first book in this series, I found myself eager for what happened to Monday Ending Explained. In addition, I found that this book is not really a novel in the traditional sense, but more of an explanation of how history unfolds.
Laura Wharton did a good job of keeping the story engaging and kept readers guessing throughout the book
While the controversy over President Harry Truman’s resignation continues today, this book provides a historical perspective on the events that transpired. I found myself thinking about the political situations and what might have occurred if other leaders had acted differently. It is well-written material with plenty of plot twists and turns. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in world history, alternate history, or simply those who are interested in reading a fascinating tale of controversy and politics. Highly Recommended!