Truman An Alternate Cover Edition Of This ISBN Can Be Found HereThe Pulitzer Prize Winning Biography Of Harry S Truman, Whose Presidency Included Momentous Events From The Atomic Bombing Of Japan To The Outbreak Of The Cold War And The Korean War, Told By America S Beloved And Distinguished HistorianThe Life Of Harry S Truman Is One Of The Greatest Of American Stories, Filled With Vivid Characters Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Wallace Truman, George Marshall, Joe McCarthy, And Dean Acheson And Dramatic Events In This Riveting Biography, Acclaimed Historian David McCullough Not Only Captures The Man A Complex, Informed, And Determined Man Than Ever Before Imagined But Also The Turbulent Times In Which He Rose, Boldly, To Meet Unprecedented Challenges The Last President To Serve As A Living Link Between The Nineteenth And The Twentieth Centuries, Truman S Story Spans The Raw World Of The Missouri Frontier, World War I, The Powerful Pendergast Machine Of Kansas City, The Legendary Whistle Stop Campaign Of , And The Decisions To Drop The Atomic Bomb, Confront Stalin At Potsdam, Send Troops To Korea, And Fire General MacArthur Drawing On Newly Discovered Archival Material And Extensive Interviews With Truman S Own Family, Friends, And Washington Colleagues, McCullough Tells The Deeply Moving Story Of The Seemingly Ordinary Man From Missouri Who Was Perhaps The Most Courageous President In Our History

David McCullough is a Yale educated, two time recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize Truman John Adams and the National Book Award The Path Between the Seas Mornings on Horseback His many other highly acclaimed works of historical non fiction include The Greater Journey, 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, The Wright Brothers, and The Johnstown Flood He has been honored with the Nation

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  • Hardcover
  • 992 pages
  • Truman
  • David McCullough
  • English
  • 22 June 2017
  • 9780671456542

10 thoughts on “Truman

  1. says:

    For some reason or another, I had to read this book in 3 days It was like a full time job, considering it s about 3284293842034820384238 pages long I did it though, and for about two months or so I was a motherfucking Harry Truman expert Then I forgot almost everything.Anyway, if you want seem like a history encyclopedia for a little while, take a three day weekend and rip this bad boy open Maybe you ll get laid one word of caution reading this gave me the temerity to say mcarthur was a giant pussy in history class, at which point i found out that the substitute that day had served under mcarthur apparently that s a sensitive subject be careful

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    Sometimes I even laughed Cheers for the late bloomers in life A man after my own heart Harry s cousin said Harry was always a late bloomer He did everything a little later than his contemporaries He didn t marry until he was 35so, why would it be crazy to him to first arrive in Washington in his early 50 s Harry is a fine man, intelligent, able, and has integrity He doesn t know much about foreign affairs, but he s learning fast Franklin D RooseveltThis book gets the reader involved I listened to hours and hours of the audiobook I m still not done with the audiobook Eventually I checked out the e book from the library to speed things along The e book and audiobook that I have are not synced together which is not a bad thing I have reread and re listened to different parts a few times, and I haven t cared one bit..being in one part in the book behind in the audiobook Some parts are so personal showing us how much Truman loved his mother respected his father his love for his wife Bess and daughter Margaret He was a very hard worker loved books, music, theater, and quiet time at home He read the Bible and was a Baptist Truman loved cake and hated guns There was so much warmth for this man His military experience, knowing how much he hated guns, was gut wrenching to read.Truman spent 10 years working on a farm never got a formal College education but nobody self taught himself other parts give us a greater appreciation and understanding for a critical time in history when Truman was President There is so much to pull out of this book from his early life through the rise of the future President he would become to the history of the Cold War scandals challenges mistakes an understanding of the dispute between Truman and Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War Lots of major decisions that he had to make he had to make decisions with Churchill and Stalin shortly after Roosevelt died He had to decide to use the atomic bomb on Japangiving us the history of Hiroshima and Nagasaki We learn about how Truman helped with general Marshall to develop the Marshall plan to revive Europeand we got a look at the overall Republican and Democratic party machines and how they work There were many times when they were situations when it was easy to see that many of the problems were a source of egos Politicians all wanting to be leaders and be right I enjoy the subtleties of the inside thoughts of Truman For example before he was president Vice President with FDR as President.Truman wrote letters home to Bess his wife , saying He so damn afraid that he won t have all the power and glory that he won t let his friends help as it should be done Truman, was a man spoke his mind had integrity a straight shooter Truman had been raised I m straight answers by people who nearly always meant what they said Roosevelt wasn t that way Truman never publicly expressed how he felt, but his biggest objection to President Franklin D Roosevelt was that he lied Do we need to wonder what he would think of Trump It s impossible to read about past Presidents and not think about our own I ve watched TV episodes of Designated Survivor , with Kiefer Sutherland I remember the first episode, was a shock when Sutherland suddenly became President of the United States zero notice What was it like for Truman to wake up one morning no advance notice and because of the sudden death of Franklin D Roosevelt just like that Truman was President Oh my the gossip and the news..I think would ve driven me crazy Good God, Truman will be President , it was being said everywhere If Harry Truman can be president, so could my next door neighbor Others knew Truman They knew what kind of man he was They knew how entirely honest he was He, of course, has the limitations upon his judgment and wisdom that the limitations of his experience produce, but I think he will learn fast and will inspire confidence It seems to me that it is a blessing that he is President and not Henry Wallace David McCullough is a master at storytelling about our Past Presidents And Truman was a distinctive good man

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    I was shocked that a presidential biography could be so good Many readers had praised the Truman book, but I thought they were exaggerating I was happy to be proven wrong.I think there are several reasons why Truman was so compelling First and most importantly was the man himself So epic was his odyssey that Truman seemed like a character in a novel Harry S Truman was born in a small town in Missouri and he grew up on a farm He was bookish, played the piano and wore glasses, which prevented him from playing sports He enlisted in the National Guard and fought during World War I Then he returned home to run a clothing store, and was asked to run for county judge Later, he became a U.S Senator, and then he was picked to be Franklin Roosevelt s vice president in 1944 He became president when FDR died in April 1945.Epic and astounding, yes Truman comes across as a decent, hardworking, loyal, honest and down to earth guy It s hard not to root for him he was so genuine Another reason the book was so good was the brilliance of the writing McCullough is a skilled historian and he wove a beautiful narrative Truman was a prolific writer of letters, and many details and quotes in the book came from those epistles I loved the stories of Truman s courtship of his wife, Bess, of his dream to be a concert pianist, of his battle experiences during the Great War, of his senator campaign, of his unlikely path to become vice president, of his whistle stop tour Marvelous, just marvelous stories Finally, there is the knowledge that Truman was such a key figure in American and world history He had to take command at the close of World War II, he chose to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he decided to send American troops to Korea, and he ushered in a new kind of foreign policy for the United States Each of those events was incredibly significant and had lasting consequences.One aspect that I found especially interesting was how Truman handled the atomic bombs After he became president, he was briefed on the Manhattan Project which had started way back in 1939 and was told the nuclear weapon would be ready within a few months I had assumed there would have been some serious debate over whether to use such a bomb, but it sounded like the project was so far advanced that Truman didn t consider turning back The goal of dropping it was to shock the Japanese into surrendering and quickly ending the war, but it was still jarring and disturbing to hear about the casualties inflicted Having read John Hersey s book Hiroshima, I was picturing the devastation on the ground, and I had to pause in silence for several minutes Speaking of controversial decisions, apparently some historians have criticized McCullough for not being tough enough on Truman It was clear that the author held the former president in high esteem, but as a reader, McCullough s narrative made it a enjoyable book If I wanted to read a harsh polemic on Truman s wartime and foreign policies, I wouldn t have chosen an 1,100 page biography That s what newspaper columnists are for I listened to Truman on audio that was narrated by McCullough, and he had a fantastic reading voice The recording included various sound bites from Truman s speeches, which were wonderful to hear I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves history.

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    Excellent read for lining up all the threads of a great leader s life in a narrative that flows like the story from a novel Even at 1,000 pages, so much history passed through Truman s hands that major events such as the decision to bomb Hiroshima and the Korean War have to slip by with only a few pages What comes through as a thread in the whole tapestry is the fundamental decency of the man, a pragmatism typical of farmers who face diverse challenges day by day, and a core belief in fairness for all and a distaste for wealthy privilege His empathy for the poor was based on his own experience of the farming life and early business failures His racist language is downplayed in relation to his efforts as president to support a Jewish State and steps toward civil rights His political origins through the Pendergast machine in Kansas City taught him how to use and live with a patronage system, but it also seems to have given him enough knowledge of corruption and monied power to make his name exposing corruption as a senator and to be vigilant about influence buying while a president Got to appreciate a fellow who hated Hoover and McCarthy from the get go He saw enough war as an artillery captain in World War 1 to hate war, but was effective enough at it to inform his role as Commander in Chief during both the end of World War 2 and the Korean War Despite a conception of Truman as hot tempered, his restraint was often remarkable For example, the impulse to fire McArthur immediately for pushing in the media for a war with China was tempered by waiting for assessment of his value from a military perspective by the Joint Chiefs.

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    ETA I adored this book when I read it, but now my perspectives are a bit changed I am currently reading American Prometheus by Kai Bird It is essential to get another view on Truman s actions and choices concerning atomic weapons, the arms race and the Cold War To get a fuller understanding of the time and era I strongly recommend reading American Prometheus too I listened to the audiobook format of this book, that means than 54 hours, and I enjoyed every minute of it Little content could have been removed The narration by Nelson Runger was wonderful I have complained about his slurping before, but the producers have removed the slurps His steady clear pace perfectly matches the informative text His intonation for Truman, was perfect, both the strength of his speeches in the presidency and his reflections, to the point remarks and sarcastic jokes of the elderly man Our voice does change with age, and Runger has mastered this Some voices were, however, in my opinion, too low and ponderous At the end, and this is a book that covers all aspects of Truman s life, from birth to death, i.e 1884 1972, there were tears in my eyes This is a book about a man dedicated to fighting for his beliefs, but he was a politician at heart Keep in mind that I tend to instinctively distrust politicians It is rather remarkable that I so loved this book I will try to never again shy away from a book about politicians well, at least such books written by John McCullough.Why did I love this book You learn about American life and values as they were when America was still a land of pioneers to what it had become by the middle of the 20th Century What the political parties stood for has changed dramatically with time On completion of this book you have a thorough understanding of the American party system You travel from an agrarian Midwest value mindset through WW1, the Depression, the New Deal, WW2, the emergence of atomic weapons, the birth of the UN and NATO, the Berlin blockade and successful airlift, the Cold War and McCarthyism, the focus on civil rights, the Korean War all the way up to Kennedy s presidency You follow this time period through the life of a man living through its events, and a man who as president shaped many of these events McCullough gives you a thorough understanding of all these events and a thorough understanding of the man Truman It is an honest book that never shies away from the mistakes made I wasn t thrilled with Truman s friendship and dependence upon Pendergast I felt that Truman s relationship with his wife was at first not adequately clarified By the end I understood Truman, all of him I believe I comprehend both his familial relationships and the value he put on friendships, which explain his relationship with Pendergast You see both the good and the bad I very much admire the strength and forthrightness of Truman who was at heart a marvelous politician Yes, definitely a politician who fought for his party and made mistakes, but dam he tried his best Always He never shirked his responsibilities He never ran away from a problem, but faced them head on He was not infallible I still don t understand why they never had children I was born in 1951 I understand now what my parents lived through and why they were who they were I understand now what lead up to the world I was born into I totally loved this book.

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    Few presidents have made as many pivotal decisions or faced the number of history changing events as Harry Truman the final five months of World War II, the Potsdam conference, the birth of atomic warfare, the post war nationwide rail strike, the Marshall Plan, the partition of Palestine and the creation of Israel, the Czechoslovak coup d etat, the Berlin Airlift, war in Korea and the relief of Douglas MacArthur, the formation of NATO, the reorganization of the U.S defense establishment and the wartime government seizure of the steel industry Truman faced these issues with determination, honesty, directness, and complete faith in his administration and the fundamental common sense of the American people McCullough summed up Truman s story on the last page He was the kind of president the founding fathers had in mind for the country He came directly from the people He was America In his time, in his experience, from small town to farm to World War in far off France in 1918 from financial failure after the war to the world of big city machine politics to the revolutionary years of the New Deal in Washington to the surge of American power during still another terrible World War, he had taken part in the great chronicle of American life as might have a character in a novel There was something almost allegorical about it all The Man of Independence and His Odyssey.If Truman s life was an American Odyssey, then McCullough was his Homer He combined broad research and interviews with an engaging prose style to create a comprehensive, detailed, and easily readable look at the life of the 33rd President of the United States At 992 pages of text the Simon Schuster 1st edition , it never dragged or seemed padded McCullough s Truman clearly demonstrates his standing, alongside Jean Edward Smith, as one of the two leading biographers of illustrious figures in American history Harry Truman deserved a biographer of David McCullough s skill and stature Truman is certainly Five Star material in my library.

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    David McCullough is a master, plain and simple Who else could make a 992 page paperback biography compulsively readable I knew essentially nothing about Harry Truman before reading this biography, and now I think he might be my favorite president Truly a man of the people, who never let the highest office in the country go to his head, Truman made difficult decisions that would have crippled other men within the first four months of his presidency While not all of his policies were popular during his time, most have been shown to be the right course of action in hindsight His decision to use the atomic bomb to end World War II lay heavily on conscience, and because of that he was reluctant to ever use it again Because of this, even with public outcry growing, he refused to use the atomic bomb or the newly developed H bomb in Korea Truman was a man of his principles, who put the good of the nation and the people who lived in it before the good of his own public image I think all of our modern leaders could learn some valuable lessons about public service by following the example of Harrison S Truman.

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    I see that Steve has recently given a marvellous, in depth review of this splendid biography on Harry S Truman s life that I purchased way back on 30 October 1992 I always date my books for reference and so I won t even attempt to write a review such as his but then I probably wouldn t have been capable of doing that anyway This after all is American history.I had forgotten that I had this book but I had been browsing through another goodreads author s books I always do this if they like the same book that I do, and I just like to check on what sort of books they are reading , and saw the picture of Truman on the cover of one of them Due to that I came across Steve s review.It s a large book of 996 pages, excluding the source notes, index and bibliography, and it took me a while to read but it was absolutely riveting The only thing that I didn t like, and I never have, is the use of an atomic bomb at Hiroshima and the disastrous consequences Such a waste of human life but then to put it tritely, that s war I guess I am an individual who detests any form of violence I live in dread of another world war and or suffering to human beings and animals I cannot even intentionally kill an ant, and if there is a downpour and all the worms are hurrying across the roads, I will pick them up, and put them quite a way from the edge of the road up so that cars will not run over them.Part Three, To the Best of my Ability, from page 345 gives all the background to this horrific act Can one blame Roosevelt for setting this idea in motion, in retaliation for what happened at Okinawa, prior to his death on April 12, 1945 Also why did Truman delay on the date Did he subconsciously feel guilty One will never know I guess The battle of Okinawa still raged In the end than 12,000 Americans would be killed, 36,000 wounded Japanese losses were ten times worse 110,000 Japanese killed and as later studies show, civilian deaths innocent people on the island may have been as high as 150,000, or a third of the population Was this a game of tit for tat Could a country decide to do that now in 2013 Would they in fact even dare with the consequences Look at North Korea recently That s a disturbing fact Big bomb dropped on Hiroshima August 5 at 7 15 pm Washington time First reports indicate complete success which was even conspicuous than earlier test The second sentence sounds so callous.The dreadful deed had been done Was the fear that the Russians getting in first the main worry that had brought this about Apart from that fact, time permitting, I will reread this brilliantly written book and I highly recommend it.

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    Oh, yes, I am ambitious This book must be 1000 pages It s huge and interesting so far And it won a Pulitzer I m reading it because McCullough s bio of John Adams made me bawl like a baby when I got near the end I mean how can one not cry upon reading about Adams and Jefferson BOTH living until and dying on July 4th, the same July 4th, out of sheer will I wish Americans and people in general knew these stories and of these people rather than just knowing a lot of fiction And I do love fiction, too but the stories of real lives matter most, I think They are the ones that can truly inspire and make me feel that I am human or not alone in my foibles and weaknesses.Anyway, I set a goal at the beginning of the year to read six bios per year This will be my second I feel like I m learning so much about whole time periods, not just about individual figures And it s the little details about a person s life and times that are so interesting, I find Right now, I m in the beginning where McCullough discusses Truman s roots in Missouri As I ve read on, I have learned so much about why the south and Missouri and other border states as they were called in the Civil War hold the viewpoints they do even to this day It literally goes back 200 years.

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    A good and complete biography of Truman David McCullough describes well the political events surrounding the era and his climb to power which was gradual but well earned Truman was only two years younger than Roosevelt but in far better health He was a vastly different person prone to indiscretions Even so he survived well in a turbulent era the end of World War II, taking the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, the commencement of the Cold War, the creation of the state of Israel where he did waffle and the Korean War Truman importantly promoted the U.N.He was not afraid to take decisions, but he could be petulant as in writing to the Washington Post when they dared to criticize his daughter s musical performance at a concert this was something Roosevelt would never have done.I felt the author devoted too many pages to the 1948 campaign over 60 pages Very little was said about Truman s efforts to desegregate the armed forces how much opposition did this receive Also I am somewhat perplexed about Truman s marriage to his wife Bess He did marry quite late at 35 which is unusual in that era Bess did not spend that much time with him in Washington during his Senate and Presidential years when he could have used the emotional support Also they resided in her mother s house when in Independence, Missouri For a strong willed individual Harry Truman seemed to be dominated by both his wife and mother in law.His firing of Douglas MacArthur is well depicted as well as his increasing frustration with Joe McCarthy where it could be said that it was beneath presidential dignity to deal with such a scoundrel His friendship with his staff Clark Clifford, Dean Acheson and the illustrious George Marshall is conveyed His growing irritation with his successor Eisenhower is interesting.A portrait of a warm and up front person emerges plus that of someone who could quickly grasp new situations and evaluate new personalities with the exception of Josef Stalin but he was not alone in this He was expeditious to root out the hangers on of the Roosevelt administration, but did not lose site of the accomplishments of that era.

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