Few us presidents have captured the imagination of the american people as has harry s truman the man from missouri in this major new biography robert h ferrell widely regarded as an authority on the thirty third president challenges the popular characterization of truman as a man who rarely sought the offices he received revealing instead a man who with modesty commitment to . Harry s truman a life is a 1994 biography of harry s truman president of the united states from 1945 to 1953 by historian robert hugh ferrellalthough it was overshadowed by the popular success of david mcculloughs pulitzer winning biography truman ferrells book was widely praised by scholars in his field. First published in 1994 robert ferrells comprehensive harry s truman a life is one of nearly a dozen books he has authored on the 33rd president ferrell is a historian a highly regarded authority on truman and the author of more than two dozen books while a student at yale ferrell studied under renowned historian samuel flagg. Early life and career truman was born in lamar missouri on may 8 1884 the oldest child of john anderson truman and martha ellen young trumanhis namesake was his maternal uncle harrison harry young his middle initial s honors his grandfathers anderson shipp truman and solomon young. Early life harry s truman was the first of three children born to john anderson truman a farmer and mule trader and his wife martha ellen truman harry was named in honor of his maternal
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