“So armed, he proved that the ordinary American is capable of grandeur.”

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence, Missouri, was dedicated on July 6, 1957.

Photo by Pit (Pit’s Fritztown News)

Have the library gave purpose to his days. Truman was there in total six and a half days a week for nine years. Attendance at the library was up to more than 150,000 people a year, that delighted him.

Photo by Pit (Pit’s Fritztown News)

He objected only to lying in state in Washington. He wanted to be buried “out there,” he had said, turning in his chair to look into the courtyard. ” I want to be out there so I can get up and walk into my office if I want to.” (p.988)

Truman died in Kansas City’s Research Hospital and Medial Center on Tuesday, December 26, 1972, at the age of 88. Bess Truman died in 1982 and buried beside him in the courtyard of the Truman Library.

Photo by Pit (Pit’s Fritztown News)

On Chapter 18 Citizen Truman, David McCullough eloquently describes Truman’s grandeur:

The responsibilities he bore were like those of no other president before him, and he more than met the test.

Photo by Pit (Pit’s Fritztown News)

So armed, he proved that the ordinary American is capable of grandeur. And that a President can be a human being…” (p.989)

Ambitious by nature, he was never torn by ambition, never tried to appear as something he was not. He stood for common sense, common decency. He spoke the common tongue. (p. 991)

He was the kind of president the founding fathers had in mind for the country. He came directly from the people.( p.991)

Photo from wikipedia

The homely attributes, the Missouri wit, the warmth of his friendship, the genuineness of Harry Truman, however appealing, were outweighed by the larger qualities that made him a figure of world stature, both a great and good man, and a great American President.”  (p.991)


Thank you, Pit (Pit’s Fritztown News) for giving me the privilege of using your beautiful images of the Truman Library for this post. Your generosity is highly appreciated and your support means a lot to me. I’m honored.

View more Pit’s Truman Library photos click here.

Last week, Pit captured “a gorgeously mystical morning with the rays of the rising sun filtering through the ever so thin mistrecent.”  Stunningly beautiful. You don’t want to miss it. Take a look.

Thanks to Alexandria again for recommending this extraordinary book. It is a masterpiece.

This is the last part of the “Truman” book review.

Part 1 “I have tried to give it everything that was in me.”

Part 2 “I have tried to give it everything that was in me.”


A few years ago, I read these two books by David McCullough:

Thank you so much for visiting.

Have a great weekend. See you a week later.

29 thoughts on ““So armed, he proved that the ordinary American is capable of grandeur.”

  1. Amy, I wanted to tell you I’m currently reading Beneath a Scarlet Sky thanks to your blog posts. I can not put it down and am over half way through. I’m going to go back and re-read your blog posts on Italy after I finish the book. I love it so thanks for the recommendation.

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    • Thank you so much, Nicole for letting me know you enjoying the book! The ending is unexpected, and the “aftermath” is wrapped up nicely. Take time to enjoy the rest, you’ll be glad you did. I appreciate you trusting my recommendation. 💖 🙂

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    • Thank you, Debra for read this series. Reading this book, I have learned so much about Truman, as a person and as a President, also this chaotic part of the modern history.


  2. Truman is one of my favorite of David McCullough’s books. The best scene, for me, is Harry running through the capital when summoned to the White House by Eleanor Roosevelt, his footsteps echoing in the empty rotunda. He suspects it is to tell him that FDR is dead, and he is right. Great storytelling there. Thanks for sharing.

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    • The book deserves the award. David McCullough’s is a remarkable writer and a fine historian. I remember reading the scene. My heart was pounding with his footsteps as I was reading it, that became a turning point of his life. The last chapter was very moving, I read a few times.
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me.

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  3. I am no expert on American history so am delighted to hear more about President Truman. From the people and with common sense he clearly had a grounded base to work from. How wonderful that he and his wife rest in a place he so loved. Thanks also to Pit for the images. I feel as though I have had a tour through your informative post.


    • Thank you for reading. I have learned much about Truman and his time from this book.
      Pit’s photos were just fabulous, allowing me to weave his photos with McCullough’s word for this post. Can’t thank him enough. 🙂

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  4. Thanks, Amy, for considering my photos to illustrate this post. I’m honoured. And thanks for mentioning my “early morning mist” pictures, too, plus linking to my blogs. All of that is very much appreciated.
    As to the Truman Library: that courtyard is a wonderfully serene and tranquil place. I was very much impressed bt the eternal flame. Maybe more even than by the grave. The architecture is so plain and simple and at the same time so beautiful: awe-inspringly impressive.
    As to my “morning mist” pictures: I’m also posting some of them as single items in my “Bilderbuch” Blog [https://pitsbilderbuch.wordpress.com/]. Here’s the first of them, with some music from a German movie [https://wp.me/p107Dr-16J].
    Have a wonderful weekend,

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    • Great photos of the courtyard, eternal flame, and the architecture. They go so well with McCullough’s words. Thank you again for giving me the pleasure of making this post.
      I missed the music of the morning mist photo earlier. I am listening while replying. I really enjoy it. Thank you, Pit. 🙂

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