Here, for the first time, are eyewitness stories of General Patton showing off during military exercises; of Ike on the verge of departing for Europe and assuming command of the Eastern Theater; and of Churchill stewing and lobbying Ike in his "off hours". Faced with giant personalities such as these men and MacArthur - not to mention difficult allies such as de Gaulle and Montgomery - Ike nevertheless managed to pull together history's greatest invasion force and to face down a determined enemy from Normandy to the Bulge and beyond. John Eisenhower masterfully uses the backdrop of Ike's key battles to paint a portrait of his father and his relationships with the great men of his time.
General Ike is a ringing and inspiring testament to a great man by an accomplished historian. It is also a personal portrait of a caring, if not always available, father by his admiring son. It is history at its best.
©2003 John S.D. Eisenhower. All rights reserved; (P)2003 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
"I would happily listen to Edward Herrmann read a telephone directory - that's how much I enjoy his work in audiobooks. When the book has the substance of General Ike, the experience is all the more edifying. The general's son, John S.D. Eisenhower, reflects on the military Ike. Each chapter explores Ike's relationship with various military figures, including Patton, Churchill, and de Gaulle. Herrmann doesn't try to do vocal characterizations, yet it's always clear who is speaking during conversations. His delivery is smooth and clear." (AudioFile)
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