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)
I've never read a book about a President. I never knew much at all about Harry S. Truman. I am a much wealthier man now having done so. Thank you Mr. McCullough for taking the time needed to pass along the detail of this man and his wonderful life.
although this is one of the longest books I have ever read, it felt like one of the shortest. I have a whole new perspective on H.S.T. after reading his biography. I Highly recommend it to anyone who has an sort of interest in American history.
Absolutely fascinating account of the life and times of Harry S Truman. Get the complete edition. You will be glad you did. The only downside is that you won't want to put it down. Recommended for anyone who has an interest in American or world history.
There was nothing about this book, including the excellent narration, that I did not love. I especially cherished the narrator's voice for Harry himself and how it conveyed Truman's personality.
As for the man himself - Harry S. Truman - he was, and now is in my mind and heart, far above the mediocre measure to which my own ignorance had assigned him.
Truman is an engaging work that is well written and excellently performed. This is no short story, coming in somewhere over 900 pages, but I found myself interested and engaged through to the end. It is worth the considerable time donation, especially in the politically turbulent times we find ourselves in today to consider the success and failure of those that lived before us. 5 stars for a great book about a strong and able president. Well worth the listen!
Truman is another one of those people in school that received about 10 minutes of time. We were told his name, the bomb, and a few other details. Like most of what I learned in school, there was so much more to the man and the time. Good read. Enjoyed the book and we get a look at what was going on at the White House at a very historic time in history.
McCullough's biography of Truman is an enjoyable, detailed, and inspiring account of the American Presidency. Excellent Narration. Only complaint is length. However, the style of both the biographer and narrator make it a story worth the investment.
I found myself moved at the end of this book. I felt I had come to know Harry Truman as a person and that he was my friend. A great presentation of the life of a great man.
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