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.
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“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)
Balanced account of Harry Truman good and bad. It helped me to better understand some of the decisions he made and increased my respect for him as a person.
loved it. very informative and historically accurate. read by an expert who conveyed the feeling of the book
what an amazing man in such a terrible time in history. I am a conservative that disagrees with Truman's politics but absolutely loves the man. Wow!
What a wonderful experience to listen to this book. It brought back many memories, and explained so much that I had not understood. I wish all politicians would have the honor to read this amazing book.
David McCullough is an excellent researcher. His writing style puts me in that time era of his book. I also really enjoy the audiobook as well. Nelson Runger is a perfect choice as narrator. Love reading and listening together. It is like hearing my Grandfather read the book to me. Excellent learning.
David McCullough has an uncanny ability to bring historical events to life. You feel like you know the characters, and get swept up in the drama and tension. Despite my lack of prior interest in presidential biographies, I found this book fascinating. The narration was also great: pleasant, not distracting, and with distinct accents for each character. Highly recommended.
Although the story is a bit long, it is more than worth the trouble. Truman was a remarkable man and a great president. This book helps to paint a picture that school taught history does not.
"Very long but very good"
This is a very long and detailed account of Harry S Trueman. It is a very good story, did not get bored. The audio book is good to listen to, the narration is excellent, yes it is 54 hours but well worth it.
Full marks for this offering. Truman comes out very well in the telling of this full yet colourful biography. But it doesn't come across as in any way one sided.
"He Gave 'em Hell"
Truman's Presidency was a period of American history I was unfamiliar with - the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Korean war - and McCullough's biography does full justice to the man, and the moments of a great president. Born a decade away from the Frontier, and dying in the atomic age in which he had had to make a momentous decision, Truman's life spanned an era. This biography is well paced, lively, informative, unsparing when it comes to Truman's perceived failings, generous in its appreciation of his skills and strengths as a human being.
Nelson Runger's narration is superb. His pace and vitality informs the book, and I appreciated the way that different players - Dean Acheson, Marshall, Roosevelt were given due weight. He didn't succumb (too much) to hamming up Churchill.
In short, highly recommended.
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