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.
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I listened to the condensed version of this very long McCullough tome. It was about right, so those who complain about the 998 page version should be warned. The condensed version provides just enough facts for the average reader. If you are doing a PhD thesis on the Truman decision process however, don't read the short version. I learned that he was a successful farmer and a not so successful haberdasher, for which he is known. His military service was exemplary during WWI. And, he was apparently an active VP for the 80+ days that he held the job, additionally, well respected in Congress. Stalin underestimated him and probably misjudged as he urged Korea and China to enter/initiate the Korean conflict. Well written, the condensed version probably skipped some elements that I'll never know, but I liked it. (less)
I've had the David McCullough book for years and never read it given the shear size of the biography. Just don't have the time though I've read some of his other works. After listening to this first audible book which I fully expected to dislike ( listening vs. reading format) I am now committed to reading the book to better understand the fascinating story and relationships that was President Truman's life. This abridged version is very well done. If you like the way that Mr. McCullough narrated the Ken Burns Civil War story you will most likely enjoy this too.
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