An amazing look into just about every detail of Truman's life. My only POSSIBLE criticism is that the description of the whistle stop campaign could have used one or two fewer stops (at least in the book). Still, a wonderful biography and worth every minute.
Push through the slow beginning and see what it is like when an honorable, honest man governs according to his principles. At times it feels like McCullough left no post it note unpublished, but he gives a wonderful narrative of Truman's extraordinary life.
If you want a fantastic background that gives you a deeper understanding of current events, this is the book for you. It's engrossing, thorough, and gets you on the inside of what is arguably the most critical presidency of the 20th century. It's long and the hero dies at the end.
What a great book about a great man and president. If our current president had the same character and sense of duty as President Truman had, but we would not be in mess we are today.
Complete, detailed, entertaining, and the very best audio.book I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Especially noteworthy was how Mr. Runger narrated Mr. McCullough's excellent work. These two are an excellent and dynamic combination!
As always, David McCullough brings history to life. The story was fantastic and vivid, and Nelson Runger really grew on me. At first I wasn't overly keen on him, but by the end I was listening to the book in little pieces because I didn't want to come to the end of his reading. The perfect voice for this story. He even did some of the historical voices--and somehow it really worked, without sounding overdone or silly. I highly recommend this book!
I was deeply moved by Truman's positive impact on these pivotal years in the history of the USA. An added benefit to reading this book are the transferable leadership principles and best practices modeled by President Truman.
Its quite lengthy but as I near the end I don't want it be over. Truman was such a fascinating man and his unexpected rise in American politics is almost unbelievable and inspirational. If you are even the slightest bit interested in American history this book is an absolute must read.