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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:
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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!


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.” 


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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