I think I've mentioned before that my education left a lot to be desired. Partly is was due to attending a less than stellar school (less than 10% of our graduates attended college) and partly it was my own fault for always selecting math classes over anything else, especially history. History class made me crazy. It was boring, difficult to study and impossible to remember for tests.
Then I discovered biographies and realized that I actually enjoy reading history. Three of my favorite biographers are Ron Chernow, Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough. I will read pretty much anything they write.
When I saw Truman by David McCullough I knew I needed to read it. It seems that in the little bit of US history that I was taught that the books pretty much skipped from Roosevelt to Kennedy. I don't remember being taught anything about the Truman and Eisenhower years. It seems to me that the presidency of the man who made the decision to drop the atomic bomb is an important presidency to study and that man is an important man to study.
History is so much easier to study through a biography. It's less about dates and specific events and more about relationships, actions and decisions. It is a long book at 54+ hours but I was never bored. Nelson Runger is an excellent narrator telling a very interesting story.
If you like biographies I think you will enjoy this one. Sadly, it was pretty much all new information to me but better late than never!
If you aren't a fan of biographies but enjoy a little history you might like these other books by David McCullough. The Great Bridge is a excellent book about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Johnstown Flood is a riveting story about, well, the Johnstown Flood. They may not sound interesting but trust me, both are excellent books and not nearly as long as Truman.