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.
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.
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!
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.
More or less. Only if they wanted a quick bio on Truman.
It was a quick bio without too many extras.
Fell into power
This book makes out Truman to be a greater president than he actually was. He was ok but not as great as this book makes him out to be.
Would read again and plan too. Too much in one listening.
audio book had actual speaches included in texst
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.
McCullough brings the emotion of understanding the story and the passion developed from his writing and research. You can't beat that.
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."
I love all Davids books, so this would be hard to rank.
It made Truman relevant in a time that he is almost always over looked.
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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