It is also one of the pleasures of oral biography, in that the reader, rather than editor, is jury.
My favorite monologue in the book is Kate Harrington`s story of her relationship with Truman.
He was interviewed in the early `60s by a young novelist, Pati Hill.
I remember being awed by it - the uniqueness and nicety of style - and I suspect I was a bit jealous because we were more or less of the same generation.
That is one of the problems with oral biography, in that many different points of view are offered: contradictions, refutations, and so on.
I think people are aware of how varied and interesting his life was-always at the center of things-as well as aspects of his decline.
The New York Times published the guest list on the front page. The masks were a brilliant concept.