Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 1993
Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.
From Truman's small-town, turn-of-the-century boyhood and his transforming experience in the face of war in 1918, to his political beginnings in the powerful Pendergast machine and his rapid rise to prominence in the U.S. Senate, McCullough shows a man of uncommon vitality and strength of character.
Here too is a telling account of Truman's momentous decision to use the atomic bomb and the weighty responsibilities that he was forced to confront on the dawning of a new age.
Distinguished historian and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman - a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.
©2011 Simon & Schuster (P)2003 David McCullough
“McCullough’s marvelous feel for history is based on an appreciation of colorful tales and an insight intopersonalities. In this compelling saga of America’s greatest common-man president, McCullough adds luster to an old-fashioned historical approach.... the sweeping narrative, filled with telling details and an appreciation of the role individuals play in shaping the world.” (Walter Isaacson, Time)
“McCullough is a master storyteller whose considerable narrative skills have been put to exquisite use in re-creating the life and times of America’s 33rd president.” (Robert Dallek, Los Angeles Times Book Review)
“Perhaps the highest tribute one can pay a biographer is to say that through him one comes to know his subject almost as though in person. In fostering the reader’s acquaintance with Harry Truman, not once does McCullough get in the way. This is in every respect a splendid work.” (Myron A. Marty, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
It surprises me how much of today's world has come to be thanks to this extraordinary man. A must read for any history enthusiast and a very entertaining biography. The performance is excellent and there is no sufficient praise for David McCullough as a writer. Simply fascinating!!!
Nothing takes you out of a good story more than mispronunciations. Ringer insists on mispronouncing George Kennan's last name over and over and over and over again. It's kind of maddening.
Other than that, well worth the investment of time. Very enlightening and enjoyable.
Yes, there is enough material that it's likely a second listening would be an advantage and enjoyment.
It is obvious that Truman would be the outstanding character.
He sounds like the author reading the story to you.
No way was I able to listen to the whole book in one sitting. I listen when I am working in my clay studio. It is over 54 hours, and I am not finished yet.
I put this on my i-pod nano but have had trouble at the last part and am downloading it again. I am about on chapter 57.
Historically powerful education.
His first months in office,
Too long for one settting. But continued every time I had the free time to continue the book
I ordered the book with the only knowledge that I had of Truman was that he took office after FDR and authorized the release of the automic bomb. What happened during his time in office his hard to comprehend. The begining of the book seemd to drag a bit and I almost didn't finish it. But it is well worth the time if you have any desire to get an intimate snap shop of US History.
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This book really gave me an appreciation for President Truman and for the fact that we were lucky he was in charge during times when things could have gone so badly for the U.S. and the world.
Sets the stage for much of what happens in the world to come. Thorough and excellent. Sorry it had to end.
Nelson Runger is a real disappointment as a narrator, when the author is famous as a spectacular narrator. There is no need for the "accents", and changes of voice he attempts. The story is wonderful, and very well written. It tells itself without the need for pathetic English accents or MacArthur's "gravitas".
Love Harry more than ever. I appreciate all the research put into this book so ALL of America can benefit by learning of such a great president. Oh how I wish that our presidents of today had the same qualities of DEAR OLE HARRY! Our world would be a greater place.
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