Truman - Audio Cassette - Abridged Author:David McCullough Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman has captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the thirty-third President of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American. From Truman's small-town, turn-of-the-century boyho... more »od and his transforming experience in the face of war in 1918, to his political beginnings in the powerful Pendergast machine and his rapid rise to prominence in the U.S. Senate, McCullough shows, in colorful detail, a man of uncommon vitality and strength of character. Here too is a telling account of Truman's momentous decision to use the atomic bomb and the weighty responsibilities that he was forced to confront on the dawning of a new age. Distinguished historian and prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest of American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of his Truman---a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.
David McCullough, host and narrator of several PBS series and documentaries, does a wonderful job of tracing the life story of our thirty-third president, Harry S. Truman. This is a double treat; not only is Truman a meticulously researched and fascinating biography, but McCullough's narration is thoroughly engaging and entertaining. His even-paced, expressive presentation and the quiet power behind his words bring many emotions to the trials and triumphs of this great American. Hearing Truman's own voice from recordings of his speeches and his piano rendition of The Blackhawk Waltz enhance this audio experience far beyond that of just reading the book. -- AudioFile
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A monumental biography! Personally, this is one of my favorite biographies I've read. This is the biography of a man history knows well, but perhaps not all of us do. It depicts the man in his childhood, in his family life, through his life as a congressman, and through his life as the President.
Don't let the large page amount scare you! While this book is long, it's a very good read. I wanted to finish the book, and I wanted to get to the next page. The book is written very well, and reads more like good historical fiction novel than a work of non-fiction. I would highly, highly recommend this book to non-fiction fans, biography fans, or anyone interested in learning more about Harry Truman, the man, the President, and the great American.
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Absolutely wonderful biography of Harry S Truman, who was undoubtedly the right man at the right time when our nation needed strong leadership. He is among my heroes. The story is read by the author, a real treat for McCullough fans.
This account of Truman will astound most readers with the great decisions made by a simple man of high personal integrity. You will learn much about the things he decided that were and still are of such heavy importance to our country, the modern world and civilization in general.
A great book about a fine but common man.President Truman faced many difficulties for which he is not given enough credit of facing and, for good or ill, solving.
David McCullough has the ability of making the most normal circumstances interesting reading.
I am sure that you will enjoy this book, especially if you are old enough to remember Truman' presidentsy.
David McCullough is a great reader and this abridgement is interesting and has been skillfully done. There were sound bites of Truman's speeches included in the audio, which provided a better understanding of Truman himself. I've visited the Truman Presidential Library and Truman's home and seen a number of documentaries, and I was still surprised by what I learned from this book. Highly recommended.