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Truman

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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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    Commfixer El Dorado Hills, CA 04-03-10
    Commfixer El Dorado Hills, CA 04-03-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Truman Biography"

    I thought it was a great tale. I thought it was well written and was incredibly informative. I always thought of Harry Truman as one of my favorite presidents, and this shed light on many facets that I had no knowledge of. A really great read.

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    Craig Danville, PA, USA 01-04-10
    Craig Danville, PA, USA 01-04-10
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    "Excellent Bio on a Facinating Man"

    This was a very enjoyable glimpse into the life of a president who has gone from unappreciated pariah of presidential history to gutsy, heroic defender of the Republic. My only reason for giving this audiobook 4/5 stars is even for an abridged edition, it is rather short for a biography of a president during a time in history where there is a veritable ocean of sources from which to draw. I would have liked to see more detail on his presidency, but McCullough had written the book specifically to focus on pre/post presidency. Aside from that, I have nothing but praise for this biography and highly recommend it to anyone interested in any subject remotely connected with Harry Truman.

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    Adam E Schussheim 04-02-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent but Expurgated"

    Very Good but I'd prefer if it was not abridged.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 03-22-08
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 03-22-08 Member Since 2007

    Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.

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    "Very enjoyable and educational"

    I was not sure if I would even be interested in Truman. David McCullough made me interested and I both enjoyed the book and learned a great deal from it.

    I wish there was an unabridged version.

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    Gordon Belmont, MA, USA 02-19-08
    Gordon Belmont, MA, USA 02-19-08
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    "Truman"

    It was a good overview of his life. Some important parts seem to have been left off in the abridgement, e.g., cold war, Berlin airlift.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States 10-28-07
    Kelly Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States 10-28-07
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    "Stellar history"

    This book keeps your interest and is wonderful in its flow and content. Never boring and very informative for people that enjoy history

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    Barbara Elgin, IL, USA 01-04-05
    Barbara Elgin, IL, USA 01-04-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Great"

    Learned a lot about history and a past president! Great entertainment!

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    Mitch Barrington, IL, USA 04-29-04
    Mitch Barrington, IL, USA 04-29-04
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    A great book by a great author about a great man. I've listened to it twice already and can't wait to start the third time.

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    Mark Murfreesboro, TN, USA 04-09-04
    Mark Murfreesboro, TN, USA 04-09-04
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    "President average Joe"

    I really enjoyed this depiction of the man who first steered the nation in its post-war course. Most astounding is that Truman was such an average man in so many ways: A farmer, a failed haberdasher, WWI artillery officer, bourbon drinking, and poker playing average Joe. The only detractor I have to pass on is that I found this unabridged version too detailed. For example, I have no interest in my new found knowledge of Margaret Truman's singing career.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry SLC, UT, USA 01-25-04
    Terry SLC, UT, USA 01-25-04 Member Since 2016
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    "TRUMAN"

    very well done... fully enjoyed it...

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