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The Autobiography of Harry S. Truman

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The Autobiography of Harry S. Truman is a compilation of autobiographical writings composed by Truman between 1934 and 1972. Taken directly from his own manuscript material, the volume presents the thoughts and feelings of the man himself. The book touches on details in Truman’s life from his days as a boy until graduation from Independence High School in 1901 to the vice ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by University of Missouri (first published 1980)
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M.K.B. Graham
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've long loved Mr. Truman, so his life in his words was a must-read for me. The autobiography was undertaken because, as he wrote, "I've been reading a book about me ... It contains more misstatements and false quotations than it contains facts ..." He was a man of integrity, and this characteristic shines through in this very simple and straightforward telling of his life. A quick and easy read that is appropriate for younger readers, it only hits the high points of his life, but it is worth r ...more
Rick  Blasiak
I read a hardcover version of Harry's autobiography that I found in a dusty library book sale. It was great to read after reading the David McCullough book.
Jeffrey Moore
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, history
I have a goal of reading one book written by each 20th century POTUS, but Harry S Truman was not much of a writer. This book is unique because it is a compilation of a few short reflections he wrote on his own life. I think it is important to hear from presidents in their own words, because it helps us understand their characters beyond just the events of their terms, and this book achieves that purpose as best as can be hoped for Truman.

Recommendation: Read the endnotes, too. There are some fas
It ended really well and was filled with very cute stories. It's more of a book for a historian rather than the general public, though.
May 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
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I did not do any research of this book before reading it. I just picked it off a library shelf and thought it might be interesting. I was hoping to find out about his thought process while deciding whether to drop the first nuclear bomb. I was hoping to hear about the financial struggles he endured later in life. I was hoping to find out more about one of the under-appreciated and under-studied presidents of the last century. This is not the book for that, though. You may as well read the Wikipe ...more
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Not the best of story tellers that Harry Truman, this book was a little dry. It was still very easy to read being that it was so short. Maybe the story being short and to the point helps describe the president better than if he would have added pages wherein he would try to prove that trait to the reader. I enjoyed it none the less.
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Harry Truman's character shines when reading this unconventional biography. The text is from Truman's personal writings, and as such is raw and unpolished, and sadly, fast-forwards through his presidency. Truman was one of the great ones. This quick read indicates as much.
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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