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Truman Paperback – June 14, 1993 by David McCullough (Author)

I have read many of David McCullough’s books, only two more to go, but this one was the absolute best. He brought Truman to life for me. He made that whole era, WW! into the Korean War come alive. Every character, every scene, was like I knew exactly what he was talking about. His love of Bess and then his daughter. ..his protection of the privacy of his family. …his loyalty. ..this was the best read for me and, believe me, I loved The Great Bridge and the story of the Panama Canal. ..Path Between the Seas. …but Truman was so very special. If you have a love of history you will enjoy this book from beginning to end and don’t let the length of it discourage you from starting it because it just flies by. When I finished it I felt that I had laid to rest my very best friend. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. Check it out!

Amazon.com Review 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. Truman was a compromise candidate for vice president, almost an accidental president after Roosevelt’s death 12 weeks into his fourth term. Truman’s stunning come-from-behind victory in the 1948 election showed how his personal qualities of integrity and straightforwardness were appreciated by ordinary Americans, perhaps, as McCullough notes, because he was one himself. His presidency was dominated by enormously controversial issues: he dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, established anti-Communism as the bedrock of American foreign policy, and sent U.S. troops into the Korean War. In this winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, McCullough argues that history has validated most of Truman’s war-time and Cold War decisions. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Truman Paperback – June 14, 1993 by David McCullough (Author) Review

Ive been on a big presidential kick lately with the 2016 Presidential Election around a month away. So with that in mind, I will offer my thoughts on Truman. On the positive, I think he did a magnificent job covering Harry Truman as far as giving the reader the broad experience of his life before, during, and after the presidency. For my money, you cant get any better than the sections on the events leading up to the firing of Douglas Macarthur and his defeat of Thomas Dewey in 1948. I felt like while it was a well-written biography that kept me engaged through 1000 pages, I felt like it reinforced the popular image of Harry Truman as a plain spoken man of principles who knew how to make the tough decisions and made them. While there is certainly nothing wrong with it, it felt like anything that didnt compete was glossed over like his association with the Pendergast Machine in Missouri or the depth of his feelings for FDR, I thought this couldve added a little more depth because many people already understand the popular perception of Harry Truman. Well written, but largely reinforcing the popular image of Harry Truman. -Read Reviews-

I knew little about Truman and this book has been fascinating. Beyond the facts themselves, it’s very well written and I’ve read it quickly, with sustained pleasure. As a result, it would have been more logical to give it 5 stars, instead of 4. The only reason why I didn’t, is that it is a bit too much of an hagiography. If I can understand his use of the atomic bombs against Japan, I think that his decision to go beyond the 38th parallel in Korea in October 1950, was a major mistake (since then, we have seen other American presidents getting embroiled in similar wars they cannot control. ..). McCullough puts the main blame on MacArthur, but this is disingenuous: it is Truman who gave the green light. How many American soldiers died for, basically, nothing?

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