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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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    Rick 05-04-15
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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 Altamont, NY USA 04-02-15
    Robin Barbera Altamont, NY USA 04-02-15 Member Since 2013

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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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    rarosage 03-05-15
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    "Wow!"

    Exceeded my expectations. What a wonderful view into history with a clean, clear, soft spoken, slightly animated narrator. By the end I felt emotionally involved in the whole era. Great job!

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    Luis 03-02-15
    Luis 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    The longest audio book I've listened to buy well worth it. I truly enjoyed it.

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    Sarah E Ludlam 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding history"

    Perhaps the most thorough history I've ever read, Truman was a detailed, candid, fascinating portrait of a great American and a century of American history. A true pleasure the listen to, and a captivating story.

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    Sandra 02-21-15
    Sandra 02-21-15
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    "Current History - very good"

    I liked this book. The period of history happened in my life time so I was familiar with the names & events. I enjoyed hearing Truman's thoughts on certain events such as McArthur & the Korean War. I could have done without the finer detail. I really didn't care what fabric covered the White House dining room chairs.
    This reader is not as good as my favourite reader Dick Hill. He should just stick to reading and not try to imitate the voices of public figures.
    I would recommend reading this book.

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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 02-06-15
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 02-06-15 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    "Just do it"

    It takes commitment to get through a book this long, and one of the reasons I love Audible is it accesses nonfiction for me that I do not think that I would have taken the time to read, but will listen to readily. This book is a good example of such a read.
    Harry Truman remains to me the best example of how truly any American can ascend to anything given hard work and opportunity. McCullough allowed me to access his life story in a way that I am grateful for. Listen. You will be both entertained and enlightened.

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