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  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (261)

    Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower’s life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of wars with the Soviet Union and China, Smith reveals a man who never faltered in his dedication to serving America, whether in times of war or peace.

    Keith Storrs says: "Great book to get to know Ike"
    "Insightful, revealing Biography of President"
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    What made the experience of listening to Eisenhower in War and Peace the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eisenhower in War and Peace?

    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.


    What about Paul Hecht’s performance did you like?

    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"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but of course it was too long to do this. But I could hardly wait to get back to it.


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