This biography of Harry Truman goes beyond the traditional portrait of the "ordinary man" to present an extraordinary American President.
Drawing on archival material and extensive interviews, McCullough chronicles Truman's boyhood in Missouri, his entry into politics and his surprising success as a US senator.
But it is Truman's emergence as a decisive and confident President that forms the heart of this book.
McCullough casts new light on Truman's character and motivations, and shows how he set the course of politics and policy for the next 40 years.
This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1993.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 1117 pages, 316pp b&w photographs
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 28/10/1993
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780671869205
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Review by psocoptera
I read this quite some time ago in high school for summer reading, and I was surprised to discover how much I enjoyed it. This may lead to the conclusion that I was an unusual 16 year old, which is likely true, however, I think better case could be made for David McCullough's Truman being an extraordinarily well written biography. It is a doorstopper, but well worth the read.
Review by watchman146
Long biography of an overlooked president. Truman was distinctly American and midwestern. Mc Collough brings that out well. The "life on the farm" parts get a little dull, however.
Review by tg9522
Excellent history of Truman. Well written.
Review by bexaplex
Bizarrely readable for its thousand pages, even when McCullough is harping on how healthy Truman is. Focus never departs from the subject, even though it must have been tempting to digress into analysis of the atomic bomb, the Korean war, life after the Presidency, etc. When there is conflicting information, McCullough often quotes both sources, and indicates which seems more accurate, which makes him seem trustworthy as a biographer. Although I should admit I never once looked at the endnotes or bibliography (992 pages is quite enough!).
Review by oddvark59
Very good book. Interesting reading with just enough detail.
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