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McCullough, David G.

Book - 1992
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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: 0671869205
Branch Call Number: B T867m
E814 .M26 1992
Characteristics: 1,117 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Upton Bell Collection


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Oct 24, 2013
  • minkeydork rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 19, 2010
  • nedhorner rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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


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