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.
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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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.
This book keeps your interest and is wonderful in its flow and content. Never boring and very informative for people that enjoy history
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.
A very interesting life which erases the notion that HST was a machine politician. I wish it had not been abridged. I woud gladly have listened to more detail about McArthur's firing, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin airlift, the Truman doctrine, indeed all of the momentous contributions of this unique president. Also would have liked more on the family life. All in all, however, a "read" I could hardly put down.
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