By David McCullough
This biography is a testament to the importance of values and character. Truman was this very ordinary guy who got thrust into a huge job when Roosevelt died, and he rose to the occasion. Truman made a remarkable journey from small-town Missouri to the Presidency. As McCullough writes: "As much as any president since Lincoln, he brought to the highest office the language and values of the common American people." At first I was intimidated by the book's length, but after the first chapter, I was hooked.