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Author: David McCullough Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342156
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Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman has 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, in colorful detail, 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 prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest of American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of his Truman---a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “McCullough is a master storyteller whose considerable narrative skills have been put to exquisite use in recreating the life and times of America’s thirty-third president.” 

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Perhaps the highest tribute one can pay a biographer is to say that through him one comes to know his subject almost as though in person. In fostering the reader’s acquaintance with Harry Truman, not once does McCullough get in the way. This is in every respect a splendid work.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Exemplary and riveting…The book is like a comfortable Victorian three-decker novel. There are two plots, a hero and heroine, and a glittering cast of characters ranging from Dean Acheson, Churchill and General Marshall to the Pendergasts and General MacArthur, as well as a splendid collection of Shakespearean clowns…McCullough’s book will stand for a long time as the outstanding analysis of an extremely important subject: the greatness of Truman, and its role as an exogenous ‘cause’ in the history of his time.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “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.”


  • “Truman is biography as good as it gets, as absorbing and readable as it is voluminous. McCullough writes like a novelist, digs like a zealous reporter, and puts things in perspective like the superb historian he is.” 


  • “This warm biography of Harry Truman is both an historical evaluation of his presidency and a paean to the man’s rock-solid American values...In this winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, McCullough argues that history has validated most of Truman’s wartime and Cold War decisions.” editorial review

  • “The book is an impressive tribute to a man whose brisk cheerfulness and self-confidence were combined with a God-fearing humility; a great and good man who, in McCullough’s opinion, was a great president.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For detailed treatment of policy, scholars will often need a specialized monograph. Yet McCullough’s Truman is not quite a saint, and his own scholarship is exhaustive in portraying Truman the man. No biography approaches the richness, depth, or grace of this one.”

    Library Journal

  • “A gargantuan but surprisingly agile and spellbinding biography of the plain-speaking, plain-dealing Man from Missouri... Rich in detail, enthralling, and moving: a classic presidential biography.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

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

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  • 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. "

About the Author

David McCullough, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author, has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Greater Journey, and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions and won him two AudioFile Earphones Awards. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.