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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (18,442 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: David McCullough Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1992 ISBN: 9780743519700
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Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman 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 boyhood 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 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 Pulitzer-Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman -- a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A warm, affectionate and thoroughly captivating biography…the most thorough account of Truman’s life yet to appear.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “McCullough’s marvelous feel for history is based on an appreciation of colorful tales and an insight into personalities. In this compelling saga of America’s greatest common-man president, McCullough adds luster to an old-fashioned historical approach…[A] sweeping narrative, filled with telling details and an appreciation of the role individuals play in shaping the world.” 

    Time

  • “No brief review can begin to do justice either to Truman or to the monumentally persuasive job McCullough has done re-creating his life and times…Immeasurably aided by Truman’s vividly written diaries and letters to his beloved wife, Bess, McCullough brings the man and his times to life with painstaking clarity.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A fresh, wonderful new biography…My only complaint about this marvelous book is how much it makes me miss the old guy with the snappy bow tie.” 

    USA Today

  • “Meticulously detailed, elegantly written, tightly constructed, rich in revealing anecdotes and penetrating insights. It is, as its subject demands, biography on the grand scale.” 

    Washington Post

  • Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 1993 Parkman Prize
  • A 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Herb | 2/4/2014

    " Harry Truman was an amazingly effective person. This is the book I carry in my iPad... more than 2000 pages. I am very impressed with David McCullough's thoroughness in his research. The book reads like a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 1/25/2014

    " One of the best biographies ever written on anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmaine | 1/17/2014

    " Best book I've never finished. Have been reading it for 10 years, I'm somewhere around the end of WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Motroni | 1/15/2014

    " The one and onlybook on a man who never wanted to be President of the United States and when he did become President rose to the occasion that few have before or since. David McCullough captures this ordinary man from Missouri who was anything but ordinary. Highly intelligent, yet modest, McCullough bioagraphy is an amazing read from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 1/9/2014

    " Even though I'm a Republican doesn't mean I can't read a great book about a great president. Truman was in the right place at the right time his entire career. I read this as an audio book on CD's a few years ago, and I loved it. I would recommend this book to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arun | 1/1/2014

    " Bio of FDR's successor - a self-educated hick, who labored as a bank-clerk and a farmer before getting pulled into politics and the Presidency. Fascinating, with some funny and sweet anecdotes (he met his wife in Sunday school, and pursued her for years before she agreed to marry him). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawrence | 1/1/2014

    " McCullough expertly combines an intimate characterization of Truman as a person with the some of the most important historical events of the twentieth century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren Du puy | 12/8/2013

    " Another masterpiece for anyone who aspires to be a student of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 11/26/2013

    " This is a very well written account of Truman's life. You will feel like you know the guy after you read it. Truman's story is an interesting one...a man that never really seemed destined for greatness but then was put to the forefront at one of the most tumultuous times in US history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine Nally | 11/1/2013

    " Really liked this book. The beginning was a bit slow and it took me a while to get hooked. Once I was on about page 50, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marva | 10/5/2013

    " I found the history in this book very interesting; Truman was a very colorful character. McCullough described both his strengths and his weaknesses; I appreciated the balance. I learned much about the political process. I was disappointed that part of the historical background was inaccurate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Case | 10/4/2013

    " This book entirely changed my understanding and preception of (Give them hell, Harry) Truman and his presidency. Probably one of the finest presidential biographies I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Paulk | 9/30/2013

    " One of the few books I have actually read twice. Thorough on a subject that I'd known little about before. Understanding the thought that led to the atomic bomb being used is alone worth the read. This book helped lead to Truman being one of my heroes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 9/27/2013

    " Another excellent biography of an amazing man who shaped our time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Adamek | 9/22/2013

    " misunderstood and way more interesting than expected "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goatville9 | 8/15/2013

    " truman was born in the world of horse and buggy yet ultimately had to decide to drop the atom bomb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Name Wendy | 6/11/2013

    " I was not really interested in Truman, but I love everything I have read by David McCullough. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a great read. I looked forward to reading it every night. Plan to read McCullough's Mornings on Horseback about Teddy Roosevelt next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis Wold | 6/8/2013

    " Helped to fill the gap in my education between 1945 and 1965. Long but fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna | 5/1/2013

    " The best book! Immense but easy to read. I learned a tremendous amount of history. Truman was an inspirational man. He truly did his best and lived his conscience. He lived what he believed and tried to be a good person. H was without ego. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fdrnewdeal | 12/17/2012

    " Insanely detailed. I do wonder if the book would have been better had it not been chronological. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Enid | 12/7/2012

    " I like Truman even more after this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 6/10/2012

    " Harry Truman is getting a lot of press these days - everyone wants to be like him. Well, this is the original and we sure could use some more like him! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Csferguson222 | 5/15/2012

    " I loved this book. Very authentic. I gained a lot of respect for Harry Truman, the common man who became president at such a critical time in our history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 5/1/2012

    " I love McCullough's work. This is no exception. I listened to it on CD. It was an abridged version. I don't know if the full version of the book is available on CD, but I wish my library had it. Truman was an amazing man! Wow! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Marshall | 3/14/2012

    " Even haberdashers can be President! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 6/30/2011

    " One of my all-time favorites. Love David McCullough. At the end of the book I felt like I had lost a good friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 6/8/2011

    " The only trouble I had with Truman was the length. I enjoyed the story more because I was more familiar with the settings than say Adams and WWI and WWII - nuclear war etc. was just more interesting to me. You also don't usualy hear much about Truman so I think that kept me interested as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/2/2011

    " Written and read by David McCullough, a very interesting Audio CD; good alternative to reading the complete book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 5/27/2011

    " Exceptional and thorough documentary; McCullough does an amazing job telling the story of Harry Truman. He's a master of history and biography, and this book is compelling and well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mahria | 5/26/2011

    " And now I have a favourite president. Thanks, Mr. McCullough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 5/22/2011

    " Long, detailed book, but a wonderful read for anyone who loves well-written non-fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colette | 5/19/2011

    " An amazingly detailed historical account of a man so many people in Independence have a story about. He seemed to dazzle the McCullough as much as he did my great-grandfather so many years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/19/2011

    " Fascinating look at Truman's life and presidency. He was a reflection of the country at its best- plain spoken and integrity. Crucial time in history and he made all the hard decisions. Hiroshima, Korea, MacArthur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/25/2011

    " misunderstood and way more interesting than expected "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 4/21/2011

    " David McCullough has done a great job of gathering facts and telling a story. It is very long but has remained interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 4/18/2011

    " I can't say enough about David McCullough, who truly brings history to life. Harry S. Truman was a President about which I didn't know much, and this fascinating biography filled in all of the gaps. Really, really interesting, did not feel at all like a 1000 page book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernard | 4/5/2011

    " McCullough's book fills in the details of the rich and charmed life of President Truman. Another big book, but captivating and an easy read. "

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