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.
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“Always engrossing . . . Smith describes a man who commanded the largest coalition army in history without grandiloquent posturing . . . leaving office more popular than any successor. . . . Smith portrays a genuinely admirable Eisenhower: smart, congenial, unpretentious, and no ideologue. Despite competing biographies from Ambrose, Perret, and D’Este, this is the best.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“Dwight Eisenhower, who was more cunning than he allowed his adversaries to know, understood the advantage of being underestimated. Jean Edward Smith refutes this durable misunderstanding. Smith, America’s greatest living biographer, demonstrates why, now more than ever, Americans should like Ike.” (George F. Will)
“Jean Smith, indubitably America’s most distinguished biographer, has now produced the classic life of Dwight Eisenhower…Here he comes alive on every page—the beneficiary of the exhausting fresh research this handsomely written book is based upon. When the General died, Mamie, his lifelong wife, allowed that she never fully knew her famous husband. No reader of Smith’s work will render the same complaint.” (Henry F. Graff, Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University)
There are little biographies that are just an accumulation of anecdotes and then there are serious biographies. This is a serious biography, and unfortunately, the worst I have read.
In military endeavors things often go wrong and the author was very quick to say it was Eisenhower's fault. That's okay. The top guy can get the blame. But when things went right, the author frequently said Ike was just lucky. Sorry, that's not fair.
In the early pages of the book, long before Ike was President the author spoke about what wonderful social change came from Eisenhower's Supreme Court appointments. Conservatives and moderates might not agree. Coming so early in the book it seems like this was the author's bias...or worse yet, the author's activism.
Once the biography reached Ike's presidency, Smith's strong left-wing feelings were much to prevalent. He referred to conservatives in the Republican Party as "crack-pots" and as "the calcified wing" of the party. Smith's prejudice was so strong that when I finished I was not sure how much I could believe of what I had just read.
yes anything about Eisenhower is great he did so much for our country over his life and always put America first
Eisenhower of course
convenience I listened to it while I drove
The is a very well written and narrated book on a president I have come to appreciate the more I learn about him. From his time in War to the White House, the author gives us an in depth look at a man more complicated than we ever knew. Buy it. You will really like it.
There is great virtue in the power of having an outstanding sense of what is right and what ir wrong. i loved the book and the narrator is great!
The book was well researched and encapsulated his life and personality objectively. A little too much emphasis was placed on the affair with Kate Sommersby. It would be disingenuous to omit this facet of the man's life. Unfortunately, the author seemed a little obsessed with the ordeal and potentially loses the listener. Overall a great book and strongly recommend.
Wonderful, very readable (or listenable) biography of an important American. This book covers Eisenhower, warts and all, in vivid detail. Recommend.
I would give anything for us to have leaders like this today. Eisenhower embodies all that is desired in a political leader and spoke some of the greatest truths our country needs to hear today. This book is excellently written and I enjoyed every second of it.
I thought this to be a very even handed presentation of Eisenhower that gave me a better understanding of the man and the times he lived through. The reader did a very appropriate job of clearly telling the story.
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