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Truman Hardcover – June 15, 1992
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Top Customer Reviews
Having lived through most of the significant events discussed in the book, I found them presented with accuracy. Mr. McCullough showed all sides of every significant conflict.
The book gives a fascinating insight into the difficulties of public office and the setting of public policy. It also presents Harry S. Truman as a man of real integrity and one who will, in the long run, undoubtedly go down as one of our great presidents.
Throughout this book I was consistently impressed with Mr. Mccullough's writing style. Anyone who can keep the pages turning for 1,000 pages of biography is an extremely skilled writer!
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in 20th century American history, but also to anyone interested in just plain good writing!
From his first halting steps as a young man rising out of poverty and a farm family background to become a sudden war hero who led men bravely in combat, from his frequent missteps and failures as a post-war businessman to a first failed try for local political office, from his quick rise from county-level politics to become the darling and frequent benefactor of the quite colorful Pendergast political machine, this is the stuff of a momentous 20th century life, told as well as it can be by a master of historical biographies.Read more ›
McCullough challenges a commonly held view of history that Harry S Truman was nothing more than a common man of mediocre abilities who became President almost by accident, and owed his political success to his loyalty to the Democratic party and the Kansas City political bosses. By tracing the life of this self-made man - a farmer, artillery captain during World War I, haberdasher, local politician, U.S. Senator, Vice President, and ultimately President of the United States - the author acquaints the reader with a highly intelligent, competent and complex man.
Here is seen the highly principled politician whose ability to judge the character of others enabled him to select outstanding men like Dean Acheson and George Marshall to serve in his administration; a Chief Executive capable of making some of the most momentous decisions of the twentieth century, such as ordering the use of the atomic bomb against Japan in 1945, integrating the Armed Forces in 1948, and firing General Douglas MacArthur in 1951. But, here also is seen a man who remained loyal to personal friends and Democratic party bosses and tolerant of their often disreputable activities; and who, in a fit of petty anger, authored a threatening letter to a music critic who wrote unfavorably about his daughter.
"Truman" is above all a fair and balanced portrait of one of the most unique and greatest of American Presidents. In my view, this extraordinarily well written book is destined to be the biography of Harry S Truman against which all others will be measured. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Harry Truman was a really interesting person. I especially enjoyed the first half of this book, which covers Truman's life as a farmer until his early 30s. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Ethan Jewett
Enlightening details on historical events that I was unaware, Worth the read, just to see foundation for current policies globally.Published 1 day ago by Rachel L. Kremer
A classic involvement in the life of a great President. McCollough as always brings his subjects into vivid focusPublished 3 days ago by william
What an amazing book. This is the 4th book I have read from this author and it was awesome. What a great story and a great man. HST was truly a great manPublished 5 days ago by Tim
McCullough is one of the hold outs of 'Big Men Make Big History', hence his work has a bias, a kind of continuous traveling salesman who wants you to love his chosen characters. Read morePublished 6 days ago by GAP
It is an extraordinary book, very well written, about an extraordinary manPublished 6 days ago by james glos
David McCullough is arguably the pre-eminent biographer of our day. His biography on Truman was the first of his books that I read - but not the last. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Wilson Morcom