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User Review  - heidip - LibraryThing

I finished Truman!! It took me a month, but at 992 pages of text and over 120 pages of notes I think I did well. This is another 5 star book from one of my favorite authors. It ranks up there with his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Limelite - LibraryThing

Although Truman was an honorable man who did great work to relieve human suffering in post-WWII Europe with the Marshall Plan and made the first significant strides in civil rights for African ... Read full review

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User Review  - olegalCA - LibraryThing

I'm very much into biographies of American presidents at the moment - gee wonder why? This was an excellent (if long) account of the life of Harry Truman. I would've liked to see more written on his decision to use the atom bomb but other than that, it was great. Highly recommended. Read full review

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Just finished reading this book. - Awesome, best I've read - EVER

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This was a memorable book documents the character, challenges, and politics of an American President. The characters are many and memorable. The writing is fluid, and the story moves quickly. I wrote a long letter to my father after he gave me this book.

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Finished reading this afternoon. Last night as I passed the section on the Fall of 1951, I commented to my co-worker that my birth was not mentioned! Fortunately, McCullough kept his eye on the ball and stayed focused on all the right things.
All through my growing up years and young adulthood, my Baptist parents and grandparents were rather ashamed of Harry Truman, who at that time was the only Baptist president they knew of. They were ashamed of him because of his foul language. Indeed, in this volume I could have used a little less myself. But I was intrigued with why he became such a vulgar man in the first place. It was interesting to me that while he had some church elements to his life, he did not seem to be a man of faith, at least not in McCullough's portrayal.
Yet it was fascinating seeing the politicians (and sometimes celebrities) of my lifetime come and go from the story. It was remarkable how many world events were crammed into Truman's term in office. I am glad I read this biography, for while I reject much of his liberal philosophy, he was not too small for the office. He was a success of whom we can all be proud. I am.
 

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One excellent book by David McCullough! He has the ability to write a non fiction biography like a novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Excellent details in the life of Truman. McCullough managed to keep his personal biases out of his narrative, which is difficult for biographers to do. I would recommend this book to all students of presidential history. 

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Great biography of a common man in very uncommon times. McCullough is a great writer and story teller.

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A great book. A bit heavy, it is a thick book to get through but, one that really holds you interested. Walking you through the growth of Truman and through his political career. A book I would recomend to anyone who knows very little or a great deal about Truman.

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2001
Just plain enjoyable. Well-written, well read (listened to it), and a great story. HST was truly likeable, and I rooted for him and the country. The anti-Clinton - so rooted.

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