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Eisenhower in War and Peace Audiobook

Eisenhower in War and Peace

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Jean Edward Smith (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Dennis K. 05-30-16
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    "An outstanding book"
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    An absolutely excellent book, start to finish, and one which very substantially upgraded my knowledge and opinion of Eisenhower. What an incredible life he lived! So many people describe the Eisenhower presidency as "nothing happened." How wrong they are!

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    Audio Diva 05-25-16
    Audio Diva 05-25-16 Member Since 2014

    As an author myself, dyslexic, and ADD, I need something that grabs me. Non-fiction on things of interest to me, educates, & titillates.

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    "Great insight into a mis-understood president"
    What did you love best about Eisenhower in War and Peace?

    Fabulous writing. Narrator kept it flowing. Terrific insight into a president, the people thought was a do-nothing leader. He did a great deal to keep America safe as well as having a great way with foreign leaders. A true leader in the war, and in the White House.


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    I enjoyed listening to the information regarding visits between the president and world leaders, especially the Russians.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The "Did-Something" President".


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    I knew nothing about Eisenhower before this book. I came away with a real appreciation,
    respect, and understanding of how he felt when making decisions. He felt things deeply but never allow anyone to know it. A really honest, hardworking, and ethical man
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    Coffin Family 05-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "enjoyed its nonpartisan coverage"

    the war chapters are sparce on tactical details but the presidential review casts questions on poor choices and spares no expense in praise. a good balance. great character study rather then a PhD treatment

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    "exceptional!"

    A great man and a greater president. Very under rated by our populace. The leader that our country needs today.



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    Buford 04-19-16
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    "Great History"

    This book gives deep insight into one of America's greatest military and political leaders.
    The chapters on his presidency should be required reading for all presidential candidates. The chapters on his early military service teach sound lessons our young officers need to learn. I will probably now read all three of his memoirs to expand further on my understanding.

    As a military officer I feel there is a lot we can all learn from his example.

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    Isaac 03-18-16
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    "Amazing"

    I learned so much about Eisenhower! Narration was clear and consistent. I will be revisiting this book at least once in my planned presidential reading rampage.

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    Valerie Thatcher San Diego, CA 02-17-16
    Valerie Thatcher San Diego, CA 02-17-16 Member Since 2011
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    "insight into Eisenhower"

    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.

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    Herbert 02-05-16
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    "Informative, interesting with some intense moments"

    Very good narration, told the story of what seems to be a very under rated president.

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    Charles 01-05-16
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    "Thorough and balanced presentation of Eisenhower"

    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.

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    Tom Webb City, MO, USA 07-09-15
    Tom Webb City, MO, USA 07-09-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Tremendous Depth and Research Woven into a Grand Story"

    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.

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