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Publisher's Summary

Few U.S. presidents have captured the imagination of the American people as has Harry S. Truman. In this new biography, Robert H. Ferrell, widely regarded as an authority on the 33rd president, challenges the popular characterization of Truman as a man who rarely sought the offices he received, revealing instead a man who - with modesty, commitment to service, and basic honesty - moved with method and system toward the presidency. No other historian has ever demonstrated such command over the vast amounts of material on Truman's life. Based upon years of research in the Truman Library and the study of many never-before-used primary sources, Harry S. Truman: A Life is destined to become the authoritative account of the nation's favorite president.
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©1994 Curators of the University of Missouri (P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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"An incisive study of a gutsy underdog who rose to the occasion." (Kirkus Reviews)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Bob S on 01-14-12

Very good but too long

A good book about a good president. There are times in the book where there seems to be too much detail - for me, at least.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joseph on 07-07-18

Felt like narrator reading a phone book . . .

I’ve LISTENED to biographies of several presidents (Jefferson, Jackson, Polk, Buchanan, Lincoln, Garfield, TR, Truman & Eisenhower to name a few that come to mind immediately.) This is, without a doubt, the driest.

I suspect it is the WAY the book is written as opposed to the narrator. In either event, it falls to the back of the line.

Truman was, by many accounts, a very funny man. With the exception of Truman’s life after the White House, which was moderately less turgid prose, this was a painful listen.

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