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)
As an author myself, dyslexic, and ADD, I need something that grabs me. Non-fiction on things of interest to me, educates, & titillates.
The writing was fabulous. I knew nothing about this man. I felt I knew him, inside and out when finished with book. What a wonderful person and you could feel his shyness, conviction, and passion through out the writing.
Everything. From his humble beginnings, to his genuine character, brutal honesty, his respect for others, patriotism for this country, to his UN-dying love for his wife, and daughter. The author was thorough. I felt I could have been friends with Truman. I would vote for him right now and I'm a republican.
I loved Truman's honesty and sarcasm through out.
"Truman" A President for all Seasons
One of the best books I've read (listened) to date. It may have been 54 hrs long but I never wanted it to end. I had a deep respect for what this man did for our country.
I'm not sure I needed the entire history of his family, but overall a very thorough documentation of his life. the author seemed very impressed with Truman so I wonder, if someone else had written it, if it would have come out as positive. but enjoyable and I learned a lot.
His integrity and common man stature.
First time. Good read.
It made me remember the 40's and 50's. It also shed light on the fact that FDR did not orient Truman to anything including, the war, lend/lease program or the national economy...not one meeting before FDR died. Other books on FDR indicate that FDR picked Truman when FDR knew he was dieing because, in contrast to a 'common' President like Truman, FDR would look good. For all FDR accomplished, I was a little surprised at his concern for his legacy.
Long, but highly recommended. One should also read about the FDR years to get a perspective about what Truman faced his initial day in office.
Harry Truman was just a straight forward, hard hitting man without malice.
A good read.
David McCullough proves once again he is the master of biographies. Story tell the entire story of Harry Truman from his youth to his death. McCullough gives us the entire picture of Harry Truman the man and Harry Truman the president.
Wonderful old fashioned bio. Mildly reassuring to hear again how Democratic presidents have always had to put up with know-nothing ideologically crazed Republicans; some of it is eerily familiar. Makes a strong case for Truman, who probably had the hardest choices of any president ever, and made decisions at least as good as any other president would have done, and was a very appealing guy to boot. The narration is really wonderful; the reader alters his voice just enough for different characters that you get an additional flavor of the personality, but he never goes overboard. Only one gripe: how could he get away with pronouncing (George) Kennan with the emphasis on the last syllable (K'nan)? The guy was a major figure whose name comes up hundreds of times in the book, and it gets pretty irritating.
I found it compelling, well balanced and moved along at a nice pace. This is also the 3rd audiobook I've listened to narrated by Nelson Runger. Thoroughly enjoyed the performance and now find myself now looking for books in which he's involved.
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
Whether you like or dislike Truman, you will not put this book down without saying, "I now know more than I ever wanted to know about Truman." A wonderful read but at times it was like eating three desserts. Glad I got it. Glad I read it. Glad I'm through. Whew!
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