The story of Abraham Lincoln is very similar to that of Truman...from the point of view of his humble beginnings to the path to the presidency.
Nelson brings the characters to life, by changing his voice inflection for each person, singing, and creating an experience that puts you into the story.
No...it's too long and complicated. However, I found myself looking for times to be alone so I could listen to it. Very well done!
I didn't read the print version.
I have enjoyed all of Nelson Runger's readings.
A great book, which I listened to over a period of several months in audiobook form due to its extended length. From the beginning to the end, Truman's story as told by McCullough kept my attention. That having been said, sometimes I would have appreciated less detail having been given to certain events and more to others. In particular, I would have liked hearing more about Truman's relationship with his wife and daughter over the years, the latter not just from when she was launching her musical career. And although Truman's recruitment and rejection of KKK membership was mentioned, his membership in the secretive Masonic Lodge was only raised in passing toward the end of the book. Altogether though, an insightful tale well told!
Truman was one of the most interesting and informative audiobooks I have ever heard.
Lincoln, Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit.
My favorite scenes were Truman just being Truman in the White House. Whether it was Truman deciding to drop the bombs, facing down the Soviets and preventing what was likely to be a shooting war, deciding that the Marshall Plan was crucial to prevent western Europe from being taken over by the communists, or dealing with the vile Repulicans in Congress, Truman was an every day, common sense man who did what he thought was right for the people.
My strongest reaction was to the number of crucial decisions that shaped modern life Truman made - correctly.
I'm a republican that now wishes Truman would be alive and president today. And perfect delivery including understated voice changes per character
Just a curious guy who travels the world.
What a man. President Harry S. Truman deserves to be regarded as a great man and a good man. I've grown very fond of him and felt inspired by him.
What a skillfully written and interesting biography. 54 hours ... But it went by really fast.
The narration has some quirks but was good overall ... And I loved his 'Truman' voice.
This book brings to life Harry Truman in a thorough but entertaining way that is less tedious than one might expect considering the breadth of information conveyed. For reference I would suggest a hard copy as a companion.
President Truman may be some sort of American archetype -- the uneducated man becoming a successful President. Yet, Truman had a lot of qualities which made him the man he was. He seems very much the keen observer and a quick learner. And, he did not disdain learning. He very much loved learning and hired good, smart men to work for him. The author emphasizes Truman's respect for the Presidency as something much bigger than he was, and more important. Asking the question of how his decision might impact a future President is a very important question to bear in mind. His connection to corruption and machine politicians, while regrettable, also is how he got where he was. You see other politicians of the time and so many were of the same cast. Yet, that didn't limit who he could be. I don't see him in the mold of either the naive, idealist Jefferson Smith nor the corrupted Sen Paine, from Mr Smith Goes to Washington. Truman comes off, instead, as realistic, pragmatic, and dedicated to principle most of the time. It was when he went off the rails to defend a friend who didn't deserve it, or took some other action, that you feel bad for the man. You see all that he was capable of, and all that he did, and regret the poor choices he sometimes made. His stand for Civil Rights, while not based on any particularly enlightened racial views, were still dramatic, and being the first to challenge the Dixiecrats, and win, allowed for the work of JFK and Johnson on Civil Rights. Wish I had met him.
Narrator's pace/tone is easy to listen to. Story is very long, and some portions you may not care to indulge to such detail, but it is easy enough to breeze through. The level of detail is fantastic during other portions.
You get more of a sense of the man than you do from his memoirs, with the enlivening stories from those around him. A great read, a wonderful book!