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.
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“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 always, David McCullough brings history to life. The story was fantastic and vivid, and Nelson Runger really grew on me. At first I wasn't overly keen on him, but by the end I was listening to the book in little pieces because I didn't want to come to the end of his reading. The perfect voice for this story. He even did some of the historical voices--and somehow it really worked, without sounding overdone or silly. I highly recommend this book!
I was deeply moved by Truman's positive impact on these pivotal years in the history of the USA. An added benefit to reading this book are the transferable leadership principles and best practices modeled by President Truman.
Its quite lengthy but as I near the end I don't want it be over. Truman was such a fascinating man and his unexpected rise in American politics is almost unbelievable and inspirational. If you are even the slightest bit interested in American history this book is an absolute must read.
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A marvelous, erudite and engaging look at the life of this truly great man. The author and narrator have done justice to the little man from
I loved this book from beginning to end. I can't imagine a book about Truman being any more comprehensive and well done. I love David McCullough's work!!
Like all David McCullough books this was an exceptional story! I wanted to know more about President Truman's life. I saw David McCullough had written a book on him and was very excited to read it. Harry Truman was one of the most exceptional men to become president in the history of this nation. McCullough's story of his life is nothing short of sweeping and Majestic. I am a conservative Republican myself so I don't agree with many of the things that President Truman stood for. Truman was however a proud and exceptional American who understood history and our place in this world. It breaks my heart to see in politics today a complete void in the Democratic Party for a politician that understands America's necessary role in the world. I love Truman's simple Midwest roots! like the story of Abraham Lincoln, the Truman story is a uniquely American story! Only in this country could such men be produced! What he stood for and the decency of his character throughout his whole life was remarkable. This recorded version of this book was very well-read buy an exceptional reader who has done a number of McCullough books. I enjoy his reading style for this kind of book very much. this is not a short book and will take you awhile to get through but I encourage you to take the time and get into it.
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