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Truman Hardcover – June 15, 1992
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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
Written in a flowing way that holds the readers interest, this biography thoroughly covers the life of a pivotal American president, Harry Truman.Published 1 day ago by steven rabinovici
I find David McCullough does his research. Do not always agree with him, but I found a lot that I was unaware of concerning Truman. Came out with more respect for TrumanPublished 1 day ago by John Bowes
Well researched as usual for one of my favorite authors. Well written, but slowed down towards the end.Published 1 day ago by Jerry Mills
This book is well written by Mr. McCullough. It has been an excellent read, and I learned so much about Government in that time of our countries history.Published 2 days ago by Donald C. Trescothick
An excellent book that should be required reading for today's high school and college age young people. Read morePublished 5 days ago by John P. Fackler jr.
Wonderful! My husband and I listened to this on an 8-hour automobile trip and the miles just flew by!Published 5 days ago by Suzy