David McCullough’s Truman is a long book but well worth the read. It covers Truman’s life from his ancestors on the frontier to his death and everything in between. McCullough ties the history of Truman’s ancestors, childhood, family life, farm experience, business attempts, World War I military service, political life to explain what Truman did and why as President. It also delves into Truman’s political campaigns on all levels, which I found truly fascinating. This really is an informative book that transformed by understanding of Harry Truman and the Truman presidency. McCullough’s writing style is vivid and engaging, it really is hard to put down once you get started.
I couldn’t help drawing parallels between the present and the past while reading this book – particularly with the 2016 Presidential campaign and how Clinton and Trump campaigned compared to how Truman campaign and our current problems in Korea. I couldn’t help contrasting the personalities of Truman and Trump, either.
I highly recommend Truman; it’s a fascinating, informative, well written biography of a President who was in office during a highly important, trans-formative period of United States History.