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Format:  Hardcover,

1120 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Jun 1992

ISBN-13: 9780671456542

ISBN-10: 0671456547

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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.


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Jun 1992
ISBN-13: 9780671456542
ISBN-10: 0671456547
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 1120
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 2.25

About the author

Biography of McCullough, David

David McCullough was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1933. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Yale University in 1955. After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked as a trainee at Sports Illustrated. He later worked as a writer and editor for the United States Information Agency, in Washington, D.C., including a position at American Heritage. While working at American Heritage, he wrote The Johnstown Flood which was published in 1968. He has written numerous books since then including 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.

He twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal and Mornings on Horseback. He has also won two Francis Parkman Prizes, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and New York Public Library's Literary Lion Award. Two of his books, Truman and John Adams, have been adapted into a television movie and mini-series, respectively, by HBO. In December 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Chapter outline

Son of the Middle Border
Blue River Country
Model Boy
The Way of the Farmer
Try, Try Again
The Senator from Pendergast
Numbered Days
To the Best of My Ability
The Moon, the Stars, and All the Planets
Summer of Decision
Mr. President
The Buck Stops Here
Turning Point
The Heat in the Kitchen
Fighting Chance
Weight of the World
Iron Man
Commander in Chief
Final Days
Back Home
Citizen Truman
Source Notes


Review by Library Journal (1992-06-01)

McCullough's life of Harry Truman is a Sandburg's Lincoln for the 1990's. Biographer of Theodore Roosevelt, historian of the Johnstown flood, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Panama Canal, clearly McCullough found not just a new subject but a hero too when he began research in 1982. As with Roosevelt in Mornings on Horseback (LJ 5/15/81), he is concerned above all with defining Truman's character. With poetry and reverence he writes of the farmer, haberdasher, and local official whom accident and ambition raised to unprecedented power, yet who left the White House an American everyman.

Skeptics uneasy with McCullough's Truman in mystic communion with America's spirit will recall the raw politics described by Richard Miller in Truman: The Rise to Power ( LJ 12/85). 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. For all libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/92.-- Robert F. Nardini, North Chichester, N.H.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Pulitzer Prize, 1993 (United States)
  • American Library Association Notable Books, 1993 (United States)
  • Francis Parkman Prize, 1993 (United States)
  • National Book Awards, 1992 (United States)
  • Lionel Gelber Prize, 1992 (Canada)

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