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The Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War, told by America's beloved and distinguished historian.

The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters--Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Wallace Truman, George Marshall, Joe McCarthy, and Dean Acheson--and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man--a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined--but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges. The last president to serve as a living link between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, Truman's story spans the raw world of the Missouri frontier, World War I, the powerful Pendergast machine of Kansas City, the legendary Whistle-Stop Campaign of 1948, and the decisions to drop the atomic bomb, confront Stalin at Potsdam, send troops to Korea, and fire General MacArthur. Drawing on newly discovered archival material and extensive interviews with Truman's own family, friends, and Washington colleagues, McCullough tells the deeply moving story of the seemingly ordinary "man from Missouri" who was perhaps the most courageous president in our history.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1992.
ISBN: 9780671456542
Characteristics: 1117 p., [48] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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May 15, 2020

I'll borrow this in CD audio, IF

Fran 2nd choice in book form.

RogerDeBlanck Jun 30, 2018

David McCullough’s biography Truman is a magnificent piece of literature about a special man. I savored each page, and I didn’t want Harry Truman’s extraordinary story of courage and perseverance to end. Beyond his stature as president, Truman was a remarkable human being, striving always to do what was right.

Mar 27, 2018

It was really long, but really good.

Feb 04, 2016

Outstanding biography of America's 33rd President. Having also read David McCullough's bio of John Adams (which spawned the HBO miniseries), I now also want to read his books on the Wright Brothers, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal.

Oct 03, 2015

Truman was the first book I read by David McCullough and I found it a fascinating and fast read. Everything I knew about Truman growing up was different then what I was told.. He was a remarkable and complex man. Smart and extremely loyal. Just the story of his relationship with his family and with Bess and Margaret is worthy of reading this book.

Aug 22, 2015

Alternative formats?? No every person can read small print. Yes, CD, ebook. Got the CD & it was huge! Could not finish despite the effort.

Oct 24, 2013

A true labor of love by David McCullough. I read a review describing this book as "a love letter to Harry Truman", and it stands up to that description.

A clear and compellingly written account of a fine man who faced some unprecedented challenges.

May 28, 2012

The definitive biography of the President. McCullough is one of the great treasures of American writers, and he tells the story of Harry Truman with an expert's eye and a gift for prose.

Feb 05, 2010

The fact that I finished this 1000 page book says a lot about it. :)


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