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Truman Audiobook

Truman

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 1993

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 33rd 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.

©2011 Simon & Schuster (P)2003 David McCullough

What the Critics Say

“McCullough’s marvelous feel for history is based on an appreciation of colorful tales and an insight intopersonalities. In this compelling saga of America’s greatest common-man president, McCullough adds luster to an old-fashioned historical approach.... the sweeping narrative, filled with telling details and an appreciation of the role individuals play in shaping the world.” (Walter Isaacson, Time)

“McCullough is a master storyteller whose considerable narrative skills have been put to exquisite use in re-creating the life and times of America’s 33rd president.” (Robert Dallek, Los Angeles Times Book Review)

“Perhaps the highest tribute one can pay a biographer is to say that through him one comes to know his subject almost as though in person. In fostering the reader’s acquaintance with Harry Truman, not once does McCullough get in the way. This is in every respect a splendid work.” (Myron A. Marty, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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    A User Niskayuna, NY, United States 09-10-17
    A User Niskayuna, NY, United States 09-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    Beautifully written and performed. Understanding the full character of this remarkable American is the reward.

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    Larry A. Montano 08-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterfully Written, Masterfully Performed"

    McCullough's amazing work takes the reader reap into the heart and essence of the Truman story revealing the side of the man that so few were able to see.

    Through this written account the reader gets the inside scoop, and even becomes the proverbial fly on the wall. We are taken to places in time where the momentous doors of significant historical events are swung on small hinges, the decisions of a single man, President Truman.

    McCullough writes with deference to the simple greatness of Truman, acknowledging his humanness and faults but his biased admiration bleeds through the written pages of this book. Time and time again we see Harry Truman as a winner, in spite of his humble agricultural heritage.

    The performance is masterful. Runger does a superb job of voicing his characters. MacArthur sounds like MacArthur. Churchill like Churchill. Nixon like Nixon. And the list of characters goes on and on. Superb. The only caveat is that the producer of this audiobook should have edited the heavy Runger breathing and smacks in between each phrase. Please.

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    Michael 08-13-17
    Michael 08-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Learned so much of Truman and the times in which he lived. Truly an inspiration of greatness stemming from humble beginnings. Narrator was excellent and McCullough did an excellent job balancing the many facets of Truman's life.

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    Adam Rosenfield 08-05-17 Member Since 2016

    I am a polarized, well educated, blue collar worker, progressive, moderate, independent voter! Knowledge is power! I will never stop learnin

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    "Heavy Breathing and Lip Smacking"

    The readers breathing in lip-smacking got real annoying other than that great book thank you.

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    Robert Prohaska 07-30-17
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    "An amazingly interesting story"

    I learned a great deal about a president that does not receive much attention when great presidents of the 20th century are discussed. The narrator had a wonderfully rich voice and at times read quotes as if he were Harry Truman by altering the pitch of his voice. While the era the book covered spanned many decades I enjoyed the pace and connection of Truman's life to historical events that happened during his lifetime. I have an appreciation of Truman's contribution to many significant events that occurred during his life as well as his character and personality. I only wish I could have met him while he was still alive. Listening to David McCullough's book read by Nelson Runger is the next best thing.

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    Jeff and Joanna 07-28-17
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    "Truman is an engagingly fresh view of the man"

    Eye-opening perspective on a great, yet under-appreciated man. Though he seems ordinary and unremarkable, there is so much more to know.

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    evan 07-26-17
    evan 07-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "expected slightly more.."

    it was well written but seemed to be a bit safe and mundane. i expected a little more hard hitting investigative journalism particularly for a 60 hour book. It is certainly written with what seems to be a deferential bias and glossed over any controversy quickly. studying 20th century history is one of my hobbies and i consider my knowledge to be pretty extensive. while I do agree that Truman was an amazing figure and played a pivotal role in our history the man and administration where not as flawless as this book suggests.
    All of this being said it was a good book and easily kept my interest for its 60 hours and i am glad I read it.

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    Forrest Barnwell-Hagemeyer 07-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book, meh recording"

    The book is one of my favorite biographies ever, and McCollough's best work.
    The audio performance is great...almost always. However, the performer does voices for characters, which is rather off-putting. Several sound the same, and Truman's voice sounds closer to Mickey Mouse than the president. It distracts from the book for sure, but is not detrimental.

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    Anthony A. Ciaccio 07-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The more things change the more they stay the same."

    I never realized how much of an impact Truman had on the world. Thrust into the middle of historic times at the end of World War II he helped shape the world at a time when it was most delicate. With recent News events I found it interesting that dirty politics is nothing now-Truman was a true politician in the not so flattering sense of the word. I'm going to miss listening to this book.

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    Chris 07-12-17
    Chris 07-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful book! Well researched and interesting."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It makes real history come to life and helped me to appreciate the awesome events of both world wars, the depression, and the cold war.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Truman


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

    He's very expressive and even does some voices for characters that had very distinct ways of speaking, like Churchill.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Pretty much all of it.


    Any additional comments?

    There are about 3 minutes at the end of section 54 that are copied form the beginning of section 55. It was very confusing.

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