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Eisenhower in War and Peace Audiobook
Eisenhower in War and Peace
Written by: 
Jean Edward Smith
Narrated by: 
Paul Hecht
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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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    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
    Herbert 02-05-16 Member Since 2015
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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
    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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    Amazon Customer 05-03-15

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    "Soild research and detail with few a reservations."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eisenhower in War and Peace to be better than the print version?

    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.


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    jIM kEFFER 03-29-15
    jIM kEFFER 03-29-15 Member Since 2009
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    "It seems Eisenhower is responsible for avoidingWW3"
    What made the experience of listening to Eisenhower in War and Peace the most enjoyable?

    The reader has a great voice, and there was a great mix of personal and historical context that kept me engaged


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

    The events leading to D Day


    What about Paul Hecht’s performance did you like?

    Vocal tone and inflection were a perfect match to the character he was describing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he rejected recommendations by cabinet members and members of Congress to Use nukes in Vitenam


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brent 02-20-15
    Brent 02-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Scholarly but readable"

    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.

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    jeffrey 05-28-14
    jeffrey 05-28-14 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Overall, very good and even handed..."
    What made the experience of listening to Eisenhower in War and Peace the most enjoyable?

    Paul Hecht always does a good job with narration...


    What other book might you compare Eisenhower in War and Peace to and why?

    It's obvioulsly comparable to Smith's FDR...


    Which character – as performed by Paul Hecht – was your favorite?

    LOL....


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

    no...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Robert W. Pike 02-07-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating depiction"
    Where does Eisenhower in War and Peace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Extremely revealing esp. to those of us who know only a little of this period of our history.


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    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 11-15-13
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 11-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good if somewhat dry bio"
    Any additional comments?

    Comprehensive bio of Ike written in a more or less scholarly way. Ike's life is presented within the context of world events that shaped him and in turn, he shaped. By the end, you'll have a great understanding of an increasingly revered president but I can't say this was a page turner.

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