Smith's care and attention to detail is excellent. Expert storytelling and color in many facets make it time well spent. It is apparent that some bias in political themes is present, but if reader is prepared and careful, these can be set in context and not a stumbling block. Those who do not share Smith's personal or political tastes should not avoid this work but enjoy the great effort and comprehensive scope of the work and give credit for outstanding scholarship. Eisenhower's model of leadership is desperately needed today and Smith allows us to see the power and efficacy of Eisenhower's method.
The reader has a great voice, and there was a great mix of personal and historical context that kept me engaged
The events leading to D Day
Vocal tone and inflection were a perfect match to the character he was describing.
When he rejected recommendations by cabinet members and members of Congress to Use nukes in Vitenam
I enjoyed this book immensely. Although it is fairly difficult reading, the performer does a great job. The total story is a honest unfurnished view of Eisenhower's life. There is much to learn from his example his mistakes and his triumph. This is my second time listening to this book. I found it just as enjoyable as I did the first.
Father of three with no time to actually read, but also a former history teacher and current attorney with a long commute-I love audiobooks.
Paul Hecht always does a good job with narration...
It's obvioulsly comparable to Smith's FDR...
The author spent about as much time on Ike's war mistress as on his wife...maybe Ike did too...but overall, a good read for Biography/History readers.
Extremely revealing esp. to those of us who know only a little of this period of our history.
Comprehensive bio of Ike written in a more or less scholarly way. Ike's life is presented within the context of world events that shaped him and in turn, he shaped. By the end, you'll have a great understanding of an increasingly revered president but I can't say this was a page turner.
Listened to this with my 94 year old father who served in WWII. This was his first audio book and he really enjoyed it. As an avid reader of history, it was a pleasure to "listen" to a book for the first time. It was an excellent and well written story of Ike's life, with a wonderful narrator.
Say something about yourself!
From this biography, we learn about Dwight Eisenhower the person, soldier and politician. We learn plenty practical ideas for being successful in our own personal and professional lives. Paul Hecht’s presentation is just excellent.
Richard Labunski’s James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights is, in my opinion, much like Jean Edward Smith’s Eisenhower biography. Like the Eisenhower biography, we learn about James Madison the person, politician, and statesman. I read this book, so I cannot comment on the narrator presentation.
There is no particular scene that stood out; the entire book stands out in my mind.
The entire book moved me. Dwight Eisenhower is a person I wish I’d known personally.
I would not read something else from Smith. He seems content in rehashing conventional wisdom spewed out in high school history classes. The sections on Ike's early life and military career are interesting. However, Smith dwells too much on Eisenhower's affair with his WWII driver, at the expense of more interesting (but I guess less salacious) accounts of Ike's wartime leadership.The sections on his presidential career offer no new information and simply regurgitate the common themes from history text books -- namely, demonizing the Republicans (Smith constantly refers to them as the "Old Guard"), lauding Ike for working with the "good guys" (Democrats), and gushing over Eisenhower's appointment of activist judges. Smith dismisses the communist scare without even a cursory mention of the Rosenbergs or Alger Hiss. I'm not excusing McCarthy, but Smith doesn't accurate describe the real threat at the time. He doesn't even mention the Rosenberg case or why Eisenhower didn't pardon them. Smith's retelling of Ike's television address during Little Rock is just plain inaccurate, and brings into question what else Smith mischaracterized in the book. Smith writes that Eisenhower "spoke directly into the camera" and "only rarely consulted the text in front of him." I watched the video to see for myself. Eisenhower is constantly looking down at his prepared remarks and for the first few minutes is looking away from the camera as if he doesn't know where to look. Smith concludes that this is a "powerful speech, powerfully delivered." The words are inspiring. The delivery was awkward and not at all as Smith had described.I enjoyed Hecht's reading style and tone. I had to speed it up to 1.5, otherwise it sounded too slow.
The River of Doubt
Good tone. Well done.
Watch historical videos to see for myself.
I'm not a WWII expert, so I appreciated the perspective. I also learned a great deal about Eisenhower's background. I could have stopped the book after Eisenhower returns home from the war. Nothing new there.
I was about 10 when Eisenhower was elected president so I had heard about him but I didn't understand what he had actually done. From the biography I have learned that he did some incredibly good things both during war II and as President. I also learned some of his shortcomings and some things I wish he hadn't done (like supporting a coup to oust a democratically elected leader and replace him with the Shah of Iran.) The story is detailed enough to give a good understanding of all the events in his life, but moves quickly so I couldn't stop reading.
Learning about Eisenhower's role in advancing Civil Rights as well as being an person who tried to slow down anti communistic fanatic McCarthy even before Eisenhower was President.
I was not crazy about his reading. He often seems to put an H in front of words so Ike came out soundling like "Hike"
Yes, but of course it was too long to do this. But I could hardly wait to get back to it.