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Truman
DAVID MCCULLOUGH

Truman by David McCullough
331 reviews (1992) (1120p)
ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction Finalist

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Book Description
A biography of the U.S. president explores Truman's brutal frontier childhood, his education, his dogged optimism, his rise through the ranks of the Pendergast machine that controlled Missouri politics, and more. 100,000 first printing. Tour.


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.


Other Award Winning Books by David McCullough
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
241 reviews (2011) (p) (Amazon Top100) (B&N Nonfiction)
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John Adams by David McCullough
1508 reviews (2001) (736p) (PP Bio) (NYTimes Non) (TIME Non) (Amazon Dec EBio) (ALA Non) (Amazon Dec CBio) (Amazon Dec C50) (Amazon 01 C50) (Amazon 01 E50)
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David McCullough Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 3  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 2  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 John Adams ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 John Adams ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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