• Truman
  • Truman
  • Truman
ISBN: 0671456547
EAN13: 9780671456542
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 15, 1992
Pages: 1120
Dimensions: 2.4" H x 9.3" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 3.6 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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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--now available from Encore for a great value

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 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.

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   entertaining and inspiring
I've chosen this book largely because of the good reviews it received, but I'm not sure what made it different. I found that compared with other biographies, the perceptive and in-depth portrait of the character of not only Truman, but those around him who influenced his life most, made this a standout book. The facts are here, but I felt at the end that you really saw the man Truman, Rosa said. I was especially moved by the portayal of Truman's relationship with his mother, Margaret, and his son, Marshall. I'm a huge fan.
   Excellent Portrayal
The book captures the honest, considerate, dogged nature of this under-rated politician, both by his contemporaries and historians since. His popularity with the people was well earned, and his respect for those who worked with him was also well respected. Deserved to be a Pulitzer finalist, Michael Savage said.
   Envious of Truman's character
He also said that I ended up being "downhearted" by Truman's "excellent character and excellent personality and outlook." You have to admire him, Tunick said. It's a smooth, easy reading like butter melting on fresh cooked corn-on-the-cob. A great book about a great man.
   Excellent Book
I found this book to be very good. The author brought to life a president whom I knew very little about. It is not an accident that this book won the Pulitzer. The book is a long, almost 1,000-page epic. It also brings to life the people who were his friends and foes, including Douglas McArthur, Ike Eisenhower, Joseph Stalin and Dean Acheson. The amount of research that went into creating this book is truly impressive. It was also very enlightening to understand all the challenging issues that Truman had to face during his presidency. It was well worth the time to read.
   A great read.
The book traces the life of Harry Truman and his family through the years.
   One of the greatest historical biographies there surely is
Anyone who reads this with the proper sense of appreciation will not only become very clear of all the major details regarding Truman's life and political career, but also understand the historical significance of how he contributed to the world we live in today. It's hard to put into words how magnificent a piece of historical scholarship this book by McCullough constitutes. Nobody has tackled the daunting task of writing a Truman biography since then. It also highlights what a magnificent intellectual and writer David McCullough is.
   McCullough at his finest
One of the best books I have ever read. Through his life and times, McCullough weaves together the many accounts of the American president. Lots of focus and insight are placed on his decision to drop the bombs on Japan. You'll come away with a lot more knowledge about the 20th century American president than you did before. This book is highly recommended for students of history, fans of Truman or even fans of McCullough.
History aside, this is a tremendous account of a president. Even with time, the context of the environment becomes more relevant.
   David McCullough's Masterpiece
His book "TRUMAN" stands in a class by itself. It is, in many ways, a stunning re-creation of Harry Truman's life and presidency. It gave me a renewed appreciation for the challenges Truman faced throughout his life and the way he handled them, Rosa said. Anyone who is even remotely interested in our nation's history and in the men who have led it through its ups and downs will surely spend many hours absorbing David McCullough's wonderful book.
   Painfully detailed, slow read
Wish I had read the other negative reviews before buying this book. If this is what wins a Pulitzer, I won't buy another book. Stopped reading at 2:26 p.m. We're losing a lot of money, so we're going to have to find a new place to live.