• 1st Touchstone ed.
  • New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks [1993], ©1992
Physical description
1117 pages, [48] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • 0671869205
  • 9780671869205
  • 33051454
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 1058-1082) and index.
  • Source of acquisition: 0240717 30.6.93 jb jb lmc.
  • Source of acquisition: Gift (69629609) (Prof. Racine : QU01254860)
  • Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 1993
  • Society of American Historians Francis Parkman Prize, 1993
  • Son of the middle border. Blue River country -- Model boy -- Way of the farmer -- Soldier -- Politician. Try, try again -- Senator from Pendergast -- Patriot -- Numbered days -- To the best of my ability. Moon, the stars, and all the planets -- Summer of decision -- Mr. President. Buck stops here -- Turning point -- Heat in the kitchen -- Fighting chance -- Weight of the world. Iron man -- Commander in chief -- Final days -- Back home. Citizen Truman.
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  • The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters-- Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Wallace Truman, George Marshall, Joe McCarthy, and Dean Acheson--and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man--a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined--but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges. The last president to serve as a living link between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, Truman's story spans the raw world of the Missouri frontier, World War I, the powerful Pendergast machine of Kansas City, the legendary Whistle-Stop Campaign of 1948, and the decisions to drop the atomic bomb, confront Stalin at Potsdam, send troops to Korea, and fire General MacArthur. Drawing on newly discovered archival material and extensive interviews with Truman's own family, friends, and Washington colleagues, McCullough tells the deeply moving story of the seemingly ordinary "man from Missouri" who was perhaps the most courageous president in our history.