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)
Just a great Book!
Truman was not perfect but was a Great President
I didn't know much about Truman. The book starts a few generations back to give a great back story. It follows his years before politics as well as after. They're are times when you wonder whether the president is acting right or not. All the while you can feel the weight of his times. You really get to know the heart of the man here.
I'm Jonathon. I live in Indian Land, SC. Decided to try Audible so I can listen while I walk my dog. I love to read but to be honest...I can't sit and listen to a book in a chair like I can with a print copy. Still this is allowing me to read and be productive while out with my pup. Good in the car also...I tried driving and reading a paperback and that really didn't work out well.
A great detailed book about a figure that I knew little about. The narrator was great and I loved his "Truman" voice. Kinda made me feel like I knew him. I want from associating him with one thing, and after learning about his life, that decision will be way easier to justify for me. Harry now is a newfound inspiration and I'm so glad I have him as a role model. If Harry thought it was the right thing, which I've never disagreed with, then it really was because his character shines proudly among the American Presidents. Roosevelt should have died sooner and let him take the reins.
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