NINE HUNDRED NINETY TWO pages of pure AWESOMENESS. (Yes, even after reading that many pages of eloquent and informational prose, I still use the word awesomeness.) This might be my favorite biography outside of John Adams (also written by McCullough)…on second thought, I think it’s a tie between them.
I was born, raised, and still live in/near Kansas City, so reading this was fascinating on two fronts. The expected presidential front and the learning about my city’s past and growth. McCullough writes non-fiction stories like they are fiction, taking the reader on a trip through the past with interesting tidbits and factual information woven together. I will read anything he writes. I have many of his other books on my shelves waiting to be read. His grocery list, sign me up.
Truman himself was a fascinating character, and yes I’m probably totally biased when I say that. (What can I say, it’s the Missouri girl in me.) I loved reading about his time growing up in Missouri and his relationship with his wife. But also, coming off the huge FDR biography I finished last month, reading about the days in which Truman took over in such chaos was literally heart pounding reading. Not to mention the war times Truman say, as a soldier and a President. I mean, talks with Churchill and Stalin?! Korean skirmishes? The atomic bomb?
I’ve been to Truman’s Presidential library as an adult, but didn’t get to see most of it because I was there to hear Clinton and Carter speak about volunteerism (of which, made me almost sign up for Greenpeace, but that’s a whole other story). It’s on my short bucket list to have one of our next dates (romantic, isn’t it?!) to be visiting it properly.
In short, read this book. Yes it’s gigantic but it ABSOLUTELY worth the time. Just get the e-book maybe, the hardback almost broke my wrists.