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This review is from: Truman (Paperback)
I have just finished this book and had to share my thoughts with others in the hope that they might also buy this and enjoy the best biography I have ever read.
I wont talk too much about the subject except to say if you dont know who Truman this book is an excellent introduction to Americas last great president. Due to the excellent research and writing the character is not dwarfed by the detail and it nevers feels a chore to read. Some bios concentrate on facts and figures, McCulluogh concentrates on the characters and the book is richer for it. Within the first few pages McCullough begins with an introduction to 19th century america and paints an excellent portriat of the envirionment that produced Truman and shaped his character. But although his admiration for Truman is obvious he doesnt coat over any flaws nor does he fail to report any mistakes he ever made. This no whitewash but rather an honest tribute to a dedicated public servant.
Read it and enjoy it is a long book but will keep you fully engrossed until the end.
The author fully deserved his Pulitzer for this.