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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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    Jody H. Grady 07-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliantly written. solidly performed."

    Factual and detailed, this book is a critical insight into Truman and an America long gimme.

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    Matt 07-07-17
    Matt 07-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Truman, the Common Man's President"

    The book was well researched and complete. I could have done with a few less mundane details at times.

    The narrator was excellent but there were numerous extended pauses that drove me crazy.

    Overall great book!

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    Shawn 07-07-17
    Shawn 07-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    He was the right man to follow Roosevelt. One of the better books I have listened to.

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    Doris B. Onken Newburyport MA USA 07-02-17
    Doris B. Onken Newburyport MA USA 07-02-17 Member Since 2014

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    "A President for the People"
    Where does Truman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be among the top 3 biographies that I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare Truman to and why?

    The greatest competition is Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of Theodore Roosevelt.. Both of these bios bring the subject to life, and leave you feeling that you knew him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Potsdam Conference when Truman met the men who had become part of history, I found to be very revealing of Truman's character. He liked Stalin (a gross miscalculation) and admired Churchill.


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

    Truman's fight to not become Vice President was very moving. A man was moved by circumstances beyond his control into a position that he did not want and felt inadequate to handle.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was slow moving in the beginning but became more and more gripping as time progressed/ I listened to it over the course of a month and time fell away during the listening periods. I recommend this bio to the young who never had heard much about Truman and to everyone who is living in this time of danger to the presidency.. This nation was remarkably lucky to have Truman. during the end of WWII. The man is more important than the role ,

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    juancharango 06-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Chronicles the arc of a life."

    A fascinating epic of a biography, it explores the possibilities and realities of a human life. Loved it, although it might have benefited from some more liberal editing.

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    A 06-16-17
    A 06-16-17

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    "Amazing book!!"

    I learned a lot about many things, way beyond just Truman. Very well written, and the audio version helped me advance faster (I would listen in my commute, read at night st home).

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    B. Comin Columbus, OH 05-09-17
    B. Comin Columbus, OH 05-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding writing, great narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is so well researched and expertly written. I love everything I've read from this author. The narrator does an excellent job of enhancing the written words by adding variation in his voice for dialogue but not to the point that it detracts from the story. This is such a long book, but I enjoyed it thoroughly.


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    Linda Walz Thompson 05-09-17
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    "Truman -What a fascinating man."

    The book is long but I enjoyed listening to all of it. I especially liked Nelson Runger's reading of the book. He has a talent of using different voices for the characters. It felt like Truman was talking. I am looking forward to hearing more books read by Nelson Runger's.

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    Gina M. Danaher Palos Heights, Il., US 05-07-17
    Gina M. Danaher Palos Heights, Il., US 05-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Essential History"

    I have more respect for Harry Truman than any other modern day president other than Ronald Reagan. All my life I have heard about the great Franklin Roosevelt, but he pales in comparison to Truman. Ivy League degrees are impressive, but Truman's comprehensive knowledge of history better served the citizenry.

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    Marcelo Barros 04-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding history. Outstanding man."

    Worth the time! Excellent! m m b h f j g j g u d j

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