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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (60 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Dallek Narrator: William Dufris, Robert Dallek, Sean Wilentz Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The American Presidents Series Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781427205445
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The plainspoken man from Missouri who never expected to be president yet rose to become one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century

In April 1945, after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the presidency fell to a former haberdasher and clubhouse politician from Independence, Missouri. Many believed he would be overmatched by the job, but Harry S. Truman would surprise them all.

Few chief executives have had so lasting an impact. Truman ushered America into the nuclear age, established the alliances and principles that would define the cold war and the national security state, started the nation on the road to civil rights, and won the most dramatic election of the twentieth century—his 1948 "whistlestop campaign" against Thomas E. Dewey.

Robert Dallek, the bestselling biographer of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, shows how this unassuming yet supremely confident man rose to the occasion. Truman clashed with Southerners over civil rights, with organized labor over the right to strike, and with General Douglas MacArthur over the conduct of the Korean War. He personified Thomas Jefferson's observation that the presidency is a "splendid misery," but it was during his tenure that the United States truly came of age.

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  • Like so many other biographies in the splendid American Presidents series, Dallek's little book is now the best starting point for knowledge of Truman's life and for an astute assessment of his career. Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacymlawrence | 9/8/2012

    " it was a good book. i read it for my history class and i enjoyed it. the author does a good job of showing harry trumie as a real person, not as a fictitious character in a book. i like harry truman, liken unto my sister. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/21/2010

    " It's hard to be president. Lots of criticism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacymlawrence | 6/5/2009

    " it was a good book. i read it for my history class and i enjoyed it. the author does a good job of showing harry trumie as a real person, not as a fictitious character in a book. i like harry truman, liken unto my sister. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/2/2008

    " It's hard to be president. Lots of criticism. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Dallek

Robert Dallek is the author of several works of nonfiction, including the #1 New York Times bestseller An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963; Nixon and Kissinger, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestseller; a two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson, Lone Star Rising and Flawed Giant, among other books. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, and Vanity Fair. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians, for which he served as president in 2004–2005. He has won the Bancroft Prize, among numerous other awards for scholarship and teaching.

About the Narrators

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.

Sean Wilentz is a professor of American history at Princeton University. He is the author of The Age of Reagan and The Rise of American Democracy, which received the coveted Bancroft Prize. The historian-in-residence for Bob Dylan’s official Website, he has also received a Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary and a Grammy nomination for his liner notes to Bootleg Series, Vol. 6: Bob Dylan, Live 1964: The Concert at Philharmonic Hall.