I am a fan of David McCullough having read some of his other works, so I am used to the hefty lifting of reading one of his 992 page books. I’ve always had an interest in the political career of Harry Truman as few presidents have made as many pivotal decisions or faced the number of history-changing events. I was less interested in the first part of the book about not only his early life, but of his ancestors as well. But once he reaches the public stage, this book tells the tale of a truly historic life. The final months of World War II, the decision to drop two atomic weapons, the Potsdam conference, the Marshall Plan, the creation of Israel, the Berlin Airlift, and the Korean War. I am sure I left something out of all these issues that Truman faced during his presidency. If you can dig through the weeds of the first half of the book, the second half is worth the work.