I appreciated the chance to learn more about the president is had thought of as being rather bland. he was anything but bland and more intellectual than I realized.
Very good narration, told the story of what seems to be a very under rated president.
The author provides a thorough and balanced view of Eisenhower's life. While detailed, the book is not boring. The author acknowledges weakness and mistakes as well as strength and success. I learned much of the history of WWII and Ike's presidency.
J. E. Smith provides an impressively detailed and well researched study of the twentieth century's most underrated President. Drawing from a wealth of historic sources and personal papers, Smith gives a balanced story that does not avoid Eisenhower's weaknesses and failures. But, in the end, the reader will be left with the undeniable impression that this was one of this nation's most effective Presidents precisely because it appeared to the public it was an easy eight years of prosperity and peace. Eisenhower's gift of leading without appearing to lead, and with managing complex issues that seemed to somehow, and without great effort from the White House, solve themselves, was his gift and a mark of the uniqueness of his skilled leadership. Upon finishing this book, you'd be forgiven for putting an old "I Like Ike" poster somewhere in your house.
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.