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Truman | [David McCullough]

Truman

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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Publisher's Summary

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 thirty-third 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.

©1992 David McCullough, All Rights Reserved; (P)1992 Simon & Schuster Inc.; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Pulitzer Prize Winner, Biography or Autobiography, 1993

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    Damon Ballwin, MO, USA 09-13-03
    Damon Ballwin, MO, USA 09-13-03
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    "Truman"

    Harry S. Truman did not climb his way to the top he was elevated there because of his honesty, hard work, and highest moral character. Excellent book. It was so good it left me wanting for more detail. Perhaps I would have preferred an unabridged version. I would like to have learned more about the thoughts behind his decisions. There are clips of real Truman speeches. Hearing these speeches really seemed to complete the picture of Truman. It is very refreshing to read about such a modest man reaching the pinnacle of power. I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Altadena, CA, United States 09-06-03
    Connie Altadena, CA, United States 09-06-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Fantastic!"

    I grew up in the KC area to hear about Truman all my life, but this book really told me his life and so much about his heroism during WWI, his courage as President and what an all around down-to-earth, but great man he was! McCullough, of course, is great as the reader!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G Raymond Louisville, KY, USA 05-12-05
    G Raymond Louisville, KY, USA 05-12-05 Member Since 2005
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    "One great book!"

    Perhaps the best book I've ever read or listened to. The reader did an incredible job. The book was engaging through all 56 hours. I never thought much of or about Truman, but now will compare all Presidents to him.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Leawood, KS, United States 12-06-07
    Jason Leawood, KS, United States 12-06-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Too little"

    Get the full version. This abridged version leaves out all the deatil you want.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    christopher l bickes 07-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Informational!"
    Would you listen to Truman again? Why?

    Would read again and plan too. Too much in one listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    audio book had actual speaches included in texst


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 04-09-13
    Linda 04-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Need More Truman-Both in Book and Real Life"
    What made the experience of listening to Truman the most enjoyable?

    Truman gave me far more insight into the makeup of the man and the principles in which he made decisions. He didn't suffer from reading the polls. He didn't have a great political agenda but he did have princilples, practicality and non political experience which provided the context for his decisions. A very common man, he was not given to self aggrandizement . Characteristics in rare evidence since Truman except for perhaps Regan.


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

    McCullough brings the emotion of understanding the story and the passion developed from his writing and research. You can't beat that.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself wanting to hear more about Truman, the decisions he made and the events. Only then did I discover that I had downloaded the abridged edition. Next time, "the whole enchalada."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Saen Sacramento, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Saen Sacramento, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "McCullough makes Truman a real payer in history"
    Where does Truman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love all Davids books, so this would be hard to rank.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made Truman relevant in a time that he is almost always over looked.


    Any additional comments?

    America needs a leader like Truman and the Truman commission. I just hope we have not lost our way and can still see the difference between spending and stealing!

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    Jon D. Kitner 03-04-13

    Who is accomplished enough to claim a critic's eye? Who is as masterful as those who have written for the rest of us to read? When I was a young man, I believed I knew what was better than something else. Now, I am in awe of everything. Now I realize that the older I get, the less I know.

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    "Truman shown to be last of a kind"

    David McCullough's narration of his biography, Truman was a treat. McCullough's being the narrator was compelling and the story that he revealed about Truman's life and character was deeply inspiring. Truman's reported honesty, straight forwardness and decisiveness even in the face of huge resistance spoke of a character that I find totally absent in today's corrupt world of spin-politics. The story shows that Truman was his own man, a self-made man who did what he perceived as right when he had to do it without regard for the politics. It is clear to this reader that Mr. McCullough was presenting President Truman as a kind of American folk hero stripped of fantasy and legend, but nonetheless a character who was, despite his modest frame, larger than life. This is a good read for two reasons. First, it illuminates the story behind a president who is largely passed over in history. Second, it reminds the reader of what a great president is and puts a clear perspective on the way things are now in contrast. Hopefully, Truman will not be the last of his kind.

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    Daniel American Fork, UT, United States 02-11-13
    Daniel American Fork, UT, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "excellent abridgement"

    I deliberately chose the shorter version of this book because I wanted exposure to Truman's story but didn't have 30 hours to spend with it. I feel like I got a great high-level overview that preserved glimpses into Truman's plain-spoken, non-nonsense personality but kept the pace moving forward quickly. Great listen.

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    Allen Flagstaff, AZ, United States 11-19-12
    Allen Flagstaff, AZ, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Truman the most enjoyable?

    McCullough is a natural story teller combined with Truman's Story makes this a winning combination


    What other book might you compare Truman to and why?

    The Killing of Kennedy, Gives you a good idea of the politics of time..


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

    Yes, and write up to par.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I found this very informative of both the man Truman and the error of politics. This book caused me to put Truman the man on my list of people to admire..


    Any additional comments?

    A must read!!!

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