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The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War, told by America’s beloved and distinguished historian.

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.


  • Truman 001 Open

    Duration: 10s
  • Truman 002 Chap1 Sec1

    Duration: 40min
  • Truman 003 Chap1 Sec2

    Duration: 28min
  • Truman 004 Chap1 Sec3

    Duration: 14min
  • Truman 005 Chap2 Sec1

    Duration: 24min
  • Truman 006 Chap2 Sec2

    Duration: 12min
  • Truman 007 Chap2 Sec3

    Duration: 26min
  • Truman 008 Chap2 Sec4

    Duration: 26min
  • Truman 009 Chap3 Sec1

    Duration: 26min
  • Truman 010 Chap3 Sec2

    Duration: 23min
  • Truman 011 Chap3 Sec3

    Duration: 23min
  • Truman 012 Chap3 Sec4

    Duration: 27min
  • Truman 013 Chap3 Sec5

    Duration: 19min
  • Truman 014 Chap4 Sec1

    Duration: 33min
  • Truman 015 Chap4 Sec2

    Duration: 21min
  • Truman 016 Chap4 Sec3

    Duration: 50min
  • Truman 017 Chap4 Sec4

    Duration: 11min
  • Truman 018 Part2 Chap5 Sec1

    Duration: 15min
  • Truman 019 Chap5 Sec2

    Duration: 21min
  • Truman 020 Chap5 Sec3

    Duration: 34min
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