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Truman by David McCullough

Truman by David McCullough

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Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the thirty-third President of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

From Truman's small-town, turn-of-the-century boyhood and his transforming experience in the face of war in 1918, to his political beginnings in the powerful Pendergast machine and his rapid rise to prominence in the U.S. Senate, McCullough shows a man of uncommon vitality and strength of character. Here too is a telling account of Truman's momentous decision to use the atomic bomb and the weighty responsibilities that he was forced to confront on the dawning of a new age.

Distinguished historian and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman -- a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.
Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the thirty-third President of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

From Truman's small-town, turn-of-the-century boyhood and his transforming experience in the face of war in 1918, to his political beginnings in the powerful Pendergast machine and his rapid rise to prominence in the U.S. Senate, McCullough shows a man of uncommon vitality and strength of character. Here too is a telling account of Truman's momentous decision to use the atomic bomb and the weighty responsibilities that he was forced to confront on the dawning of a new age.

Distinguished historian and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman -- a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.

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Published by: Simon and Schuster on Dec 03, 2010
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 TRUMANCopyright © 1992 by David McCullough
 Table of Contents
Part One -- SON OF THE MIDDLE BORDER 1. Blue River Country 2. Model Boy 3. The Way of the Farmer4. SoldierPart Two -- POLITICIAN5. Try, Try Again6. The Senator from Pendergast7. Patriot8. Numbered DaysPart Three -- TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY 9. The Moon, the Stars, and All the Planets10. Summer of DecisionPart Four -- MR. PRESIDENT11. The Buck Stops Here12. Turning Point13. The Heat in the Kitchen14. Fighting ChancePart Five -- WEIGHT OF THE WORLD15. Iron Man16. Commander in Chief 17. Final DaysPart Six -- BACK HOME18. Citizen Truman ACKNOWLEDGMENTSSOURCE NOTESBIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX 
 
 TRUMANCopyright © 1992 by David McCullough
 
Chapter 1
 
Blue River Country
 
 As an agricultural region, Missouri is not surpassed by any state in the Union.It is indeed the farmer's kingdom....The History of Jackson County, Missouri,
1881
I
 In the spring of 1841, when John Tyler was President, a Kentucky farmernamed Solomon Young and his red-haired wife, Harriet Louisa Young,packed their belongings and with two small children started for the Far West. They had decided to stake their future on new land in the unseen,unfamiliar reaches of westernmost Missouri, which was then the "extremefrontier" of the United States.They were part of a large migration out of Kentucky that had begunnearly twenty years before, inspired by accounts of a "New Eden" infarthest Missouri -- by reports sent back by Daniel Morgan Boone, theson of Daniel Boone and by the fact that in 1821 Missouri had come intothe Union as a slave state. The earliest settlers included families namedBoggs, Dailey, and Adair, McCoy, McClelland, Chiles, Pitcher, andGregg, and by 1827 they had founded a courthouse town calledIndependence, pleasantly situated on high ground in Jackson County, in what was often spoken of as the Blue River country. Those who cameafterward, at the time of Solomon and Harriet Louisa Young, were namedHickman, Holmes, and Ford, Davenport, McPherson, Mann, Noland,and Nolan, Freeman, Truman, Peacock, Shank, Wallace, and Whitset,and they numbered in the hundreds.

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