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The 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 historian.

The 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 more 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 1948, 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
August 20
Simon & Schuster

Customer Reviews

hkeithmurray ,


Excellent read.

Prophet Amos ,


It is sad to say, this portrayal of Truman’s policy on the home front is almost entirely fiction. That he was a visceral anti-Communist is not in doubt. However, he seemed to know little about the way the Soviets and their U.S. agents functioned, or their presence in the government he headed, and didn’t show much interest in learning. This ennui persisted despite the myriad FBI reports supplied to the White House and Truman cabinet about the vast extent and serious nature of the penetration. Accordingly, not only was the security problem not cleaned up by 1950, some of the most flagrant suspects imaginable were flourishing in the federal workforce under Truman’s watch.

3rollin8 ,

Good News. Harry Truman.

On the eve of my 87th birthday, I have finished David McCullough's biography of The Man from Independence, Mo. I was 22 when Dewey Defeats Truman was in the Chicago Tribune. At my college, out of my voting state, I watched a talented college young man offer 100 to 1 odds that Dewey would win. To be brief, he could not pay off his debts, & was mortified.
Mr. McCullough's bio of Truman is a great read for anyone with the desire to know American history. David M. It seems to me, has similar characteristics as those of his subject. Rate patience, and honesty, rare in this day and age. I recommend this masterpiece to anyone who feels unbiased about politics. I was raised in a staunch Republican home, became disenchanted as I grew older. I am now a registered Independent.
Thank you Mr. McCullough
Bill Gleason
Oceanside, Ca.

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