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Mr. Citizen

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  8 reviews
315 pages - photo illustrated
Paperback, 237 pages
Published January 1st 1960 by Independence Press (first published 1953)
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Anna
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
I've long been interested in the Presidency and life of Harry Truman, but only recently got around to doing anything about that interest. Truman has a few different memoirs, but I chose this one because from what I read, "Mr. Citizen" was the only one that wasn't heavily ghostwritten. It focused primarily on his life after the Presidency, which was a good start for me. If I continue down this path I think I'll choose a biography for the next one.

Overall, I enjoyed this -- it's a little dense and
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Ryan
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
A slow and brittle start, but Truman absolutely pours his heart and soul into his memoirs as president. Political historians will tell us that our 33rd president was incompetent and unqualified to be the nation's president. In the book, however, he gives his stance on threatening issues such as capitalism, the cold war, and the public education system. Strange thing, his predictions are actually accurate in what was to come.
Art the Bookworm
A nice read. I recommend reading it on your front porch on a nice warm summer day, with a glass of ice tea or lemonade in hand - the conversational tone that Truman writes with will make you think you are having a lovely afternoon visit from the former president.
Dustin Dye
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
President Truman reflects on his personal values and life events with humor and style.
John-Paul
Mar 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs, people who liked President Truman
In his book, Mr. Citizen, former President Harry S. Truman, describes what it was like to go from being the President of the United States to an ordinary citizen. After leaving Washington, D.C., he and his wife returned to their home in Independence, Missouri.

It was interesting reading this book because it gave some insight into a man that I've always admired from studying history. My wife and I live in Independence, and have visited his home and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Mus
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Glen Russell Slater
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
This was the first "adult book" that I ever read and finished, and I was only in the seventh grade! With that said, it's not a particularly difficult read. I had trouble with it,though, being that I was barely 13 years old, and it took me a long time to read, well over a month or even two. It's been a long, long time since I read this (almost 40 years ago), but I do remember being impressed with reading President Truman's personal conflict about dropping the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and t ...more
Daniel Pew
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Huge Truman fan, but I can only give this book three stars. I liked it but didn't love it. It has a rocky start, bashing Eisenhower while adding that he doesn't hold grudges. And the rest of the book meanders quite a bit. It's really a loose collection of essays. But I still have hope that his actual memoirs will turn out to be amazing. And leaving the little criticisms aside, this is still a decent book, worth reading for Truman fans or presidential history buffs.
Chase Parsley
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Truman wrote this book after being President and it comes across in true straight-forward Truman style. It is inevitably a bit dated at times, but enjoyable throughout.
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Harry S. Truman was the thirty-third President of the United States (1945–1953). As vice president, he succeeded Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died less than three months after he began his fourth term.

During World War I Truman served as an artillery officer. After the war he became part of the political machine of Tom Pendergast and was elected a county judge in Missouri and eventually a United Stat
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