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Truman Hardcover – June 15, 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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
David McCullough could not write a bad book if he tried. Truman is the best of his earlier books--thorough and with a readable voice. Read morePublished 4 days ago by G. Souter
Arrived as promised in almost pristine condition. Book was for my husband who loaned his previous copy to someone who never returned it. He is happy as a clam. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Linda PM
What a wonderful man. Just an American who wanted the best for America. I loved all his stories and it was written with an easy gait.Published 6 days ago by Joan D. Mason
I could never understand why, near the closing of WWII, FDR would choose as his running mate an unknown, small-town character who rose locally, in part though the efforts of a... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Laurence Hutner
A great book about one of our greatest Presidents. A masterpiece!Published 8 days ago by Miklos N Szilagyi
Being a history buff, I found this book hard to put down. Now I know why
my father used to call him "Give em hell Harry". Read more
Well written, I enjoy the author's style immensely. I knew very little about Truman prior to reading this biography. The story of his presidency is well worth your time. Read morePublished 10 days ago by P Savani