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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

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.

hkeithmurray ,


Excellent read.

Gary Lineberry ,


A lengthy but compelling account of the life of Harry S Truman. One of those "Hate to put it down" experiences that draws you deeper and deeper into the fascinating life and times of this remarkable president.

Well worth your time and effort to add TRUMAN to your list of favorite books. It is in keeping with all of David McCullough's quality works.

Gary Lineberry
Valencia, CA

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