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Truman | [David McCullough]

Truman

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    emily Encinitas, CA USA 06-08-15
    emily Encinitas, CA USA 06-08-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Outstanding!"
    Would you listen to Truman again? Why?

    Yes, there is enough material that it's likely a second listening would be an advantage and enjoyment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is obvious that Truman would be the outstanding character.


    What does Nelson Runger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounds like the author reading the story to you.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    E. Idenmill San Diego, CA United States 05-20-15
    E. Idenmill San Diego, CA United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great book about a great President"

    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.

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    Fred Krefetz Palo Alto, CA USA 05-16-15
    Fred Krefetz Palo Alto, CA USA 05-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Recent history put in perspective"

    Sets the stage for much of what happens in the world to come. Thorough and excellent. Sorry it had to end.

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    Lolly Mission Viejo, CA 05-09-15
    Lolly Mission Viejo, CA 05-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Greatest"

    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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    KJS 05-08-15
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    "Fascinating Perspective of 1945-1952"

    A truly fascinating perspective on 1945-1952. A tremendous account of such a consequential presidency. I highly commend this book.

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    Rick 05-04-15
    Rick 05-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!!"

    Wonderful book, learned a lot about the life and Times of Harry S. Truman. Amazing, changing, difficult times. President Truman was the man who faced the challenges of his times, with dignity, and courage, never compromising his principles.

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    Gaye Dallas, TX, United States 04-29-15
    Gaye Dallas, TX, United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    Beautifully written and read. Excellent presentation of Truman as a son, brother, husband, father, friend and President. He was very courageous!

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    Christopher Schultz Chapel Hill, NC United States 04-23-15
    Christopher Schultz Chapel Hill, NC United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "How can you not love Harry S Truman?"

    Not only do I now love the man and think he is our greatest POTUS since Lincoln (I used to hold FDR in that regard) I think he's one of the greatest human beings to be head of any state. What a man! What a story! What a book!

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    Deb Stephens 04-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent life of Truman and the times"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Truman to be better than the print version?

    This was a great book to listen to - extremely well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Truman - what an extraordinary man.


    Have you listened to any of Nelson Runger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but this was great!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Truman becoming president after FDR died and being very inexperienced in world affairs, yet needing to protect and move the nation forward.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend!

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    Robin Barbera 04-02-15

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    "Every American should read"

    I read this book because I wanted know the answer to "What happened after Roosevelt died?". America was lucky. Common sense, integrity and hard work.

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