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Truman ペーパーバック – イラスト付き, 1993/6/14
-- Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"A warm, affectionate and thoroughly captivating biography....the most thorough account of Truman's life yet to appear. "
-- Alan Brinkley, The New York Times Book Review
"McCullough's marvelous feel for history is based on an appreciation of colorful tales and an insight into personalities. In this compelling saga of America's greatest common-man president, McCullough adds luster to an old-fashioned historical approach...the sweeping narrative, filled with telling details and an appreciation of the role individuals play in, shaping the world."
-- Walter Isaacson, Time
"Remarkable....you may open it at any point and instantly become fascinated, so easy, lucid, and energetic is the narrative and so absorbing the sequence of events."
-- The Economist
"McCullough is a master storyteller whose considerable narrative skills have been put to exquisite use in re-creating the life and times of America's 33rd president."
-- Robert Dallek, Los Angeles Times Book Review
- 出版社 : Simon & Schuster; Reprint版 (1993/6/14)
- 発売日 : 1993/6/14
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 1120ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0671869205
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671869205
- 寸法 : 15.56 x 5.59 x 23.5 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 86,417位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
The book is never a hagiography of Truman's life, but obviously Mr McCullough has great respect, even love, of his subject. The 1948 Presidential Campaign was an unexpected highlight. But we also have Truman's service in WWI, the decision to use the Atom Bomb and the Korean War. And much else, all making, because of Truman's sheer integrity, an inspirational read. A man who never lost his roots, yet still continued to grow as a human being in very demanding times.
I have never enjoyed a biography more than this one. No stars deducted even though something seems to have gone wrong with the download of the illustrations.
For me, it was a vivid portrayal of Harry Truman's life as a boy, to a man, to be president of the most powerful nation on our planet.
His character, integrity and honesty keep recurring throughout the narrative which was conveyed expertly by the author David McCullough and kept me enthralled until the end.
Can the average citizen comprehend what is takes to become president of the USA?
Read this biography and you will be a part of his life story and feel the pressure of office thrust upon HT after the death of Franklin D Roosevelt, Atomic Bombs on Japan, Korean War, the expectations and disappointments of friends and fellow politicians in the bear pit of congress.
Accusations of corruption and cronyism due to his association with the 'Boss' Tom Pendergast and this link to power and the White House.
After all of this he missed being home, being a father and husband.
This biography confirms the truth of those beliefs. But it does far more than that. It reveals Truman not just in his successes but in his failures, and there were many of them. Most notably, he spent many years as a farmer, with mixed results, and later attempted to set up a haberdashery shop, where he went broke. Perhaps more worrying still, he worked closely for many years with political bosses in his native Missouri, some of whom were found to be deeply corrupt.
Ironically, it was the dubious associations that led to his successes. Though he worked with some questionable individuals, it’s clear that he never engaged in any murky activities of his own. He maintained personal integrity in poisonous circumstances. But the Missouri bosses were his springboard into politics.
He was also a leader of men. Despite his poor eyesight and his lack of any previous military experience, he became an artillery captain during the First World War, distinguishing himself both by his personal courage and by his ability to forge men into a highly-efficient unit. He pulled off that achievement with a disparate group of men who were not soldiers but civilians in uniform. As well as a leader he was, truly, a fighter.
That was the quality that most marked his political career. He showed it most clearly at two key times: when he stood for re-election to the Senate in 1940 and when he ran for President in his own right in 1948 (he was elected Vice President in 1944 with Roosevelt, and inherited the presidency when the latter died).
On both those occasions he showed a tireless ability to campaign even when all around him were telling him he had no chance of winning. He covered huge distances speaking to crowds and individuals at every opportunity. Above all, he established a personal bond with thousands, who passed the message on to many times that number of others.
Against the odds, he won both those elections, astounding friend and adversary alike.
I found another quality of his just as striking: his ability to build consensus. Even after he had taken a decision, for instance to build a Hydrogen bomb, he would allow his subordinates to debate the issue, leading many of the discussions himself. Eventually, they would come around to the view that he had already adopted, at which point he put it into application knowing that his team was behind him.
Nor did he ever duck responsibility for the choices he made. We might not agree with his decision to build a Hydrogen bomb, or to use the Atom bomb against Japan, or to involve the US in the Korean War. It’s hard, however, not to admire the resolution with which he took those decisions, knowing that they were his responsibility and his alone, and accepting that criticism for the consequences had to be directed at him.
Told with a great deal of humour and in the clear and gripping language which always marks David McCullough’s work, this biography brings out all these aspects of the man. That provides us with a work that is a pleasure to read (or listen to) full of vital insights into a remarkable personality.
Truman was definitely one of America's greatest Presidents and he made some of the most momentous decisions, good and not so good, of the twentieth century. He was on the one hand, an honest, hard working American trying to do the right thing, yet was the product of a political machine, a system he believed in. Although he was always faithful to his friends, many of them were of dubious character. But I think that's what made him human. He tried to do what he always thought was best, what he believed in, even if it was not popular. For that you have to respect him, even if you disagree with his decisions. Five stars is not enough for this wonderful book!