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The Supreme Commander Audiobook

The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Publisher's Summary

In this classic portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower the soldier, best-selling historian Stephen E. Ambrose examines the Allied commander's leadership during World War II.

Ambrose brings Eisenhower's experience of the Second World War to life, showing in vivid detail how the general's skill as a diplomat and a military strategist contributed to Allied successes in North Africa and in Europe and established him as one of the greatest military leaders in the world. Ambrose, then the associate editor of the general's official papers, analyzes Eisenhower's difficult military decisions and his often complicated relationships with powerful personalities like Churchill, de Gaulle, Roosevelt, and Patton. This is the definitive account of Eisenhower's evolution as a military leader - from its dramatic beginnings through his time at the top post of Allied command.

©2016 Stephen E. Ambrose (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Extraordinarily fascinating.... General Dwight Eisenhower comes remarkably alive." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Ambrose is that rare breed: an historian with true passion for his subjects." (Ken Burns)

"Ambrose should be assigned a special, honored place among modern historians.... All of us who write or read history are in his debt." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

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    officerdicky California 12-25-16
    officerdicky California 12-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "If you love military history... this."

    Ambrose is simply amazing in his research and writing. Ferrone accomplished a phenomenal narration and brought this to life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 06-28-17
    Timothy 06-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Interesting of the politics of war"

    The Supreme Commander is very well written and easy to listen to. What I found out listening to this book was all of the politics of WWll that Eisenhower had to deal with throughout the war, whether it was Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin and all of the allied Generals, he had the patience of a saint or lots of ulcers. America was lucky to have this incredible man leading the allies to the greatest war of the 20th century. One thing I would recommend while listening is to look at Google Maps to get an idea of where the battles were taking place.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pat-CT 04-29-17
    Pat-CT 04-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great character story from WW2"

    This book should be a Netflix or HBO show. They just do a great job telling the story of Eisenhower and all of the characters around him that shaped the war. I had just finished Nigel Hamilton's "Mantle of Command" and "Commander in Chief" before listening to this one and this is like the perfect companion book to go with those or vice versa. Those FDR books focus more on Roosevelt and Marshall's struggles with Churchill and the BCOS over policy, while "The Supreme Commander" deals more with all of the in the field problems that went into planning and carrying out all of the major campaigns in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. It stays away from being overly tactical and does a nice job of focusing on the human element of these operations. Great book and even at 30hrs it flew by.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine 03-30-17
    Elaine 03-30-17
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    "Superb History and Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Supreme Commander the most enjoyable?

    THE definitive account of Eisenhower's war years from one of America's preeminent military historians. Stephen Ambrose ably describes the challenges he faced from both allies and the enemy in the planning, coordinating and leading of allied forces to victory in Europe. This is not your book if you're looking for tactical battle descriptions. But if you want to get inside Eisenhower's head and appreciate the complexity of theater-level staff planning, holding allies together, and the lonely pressures of high command, you will love this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ambrose provides great insight into how Eisenhower held the alliance together, dealing with the conflicting and oren-egotistical personalities of allied leaders such as Patton, Montgomery, and DeGaulle. He gives the impression that Eisenhower had to fight his allies as much as he fought the Germans.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    Great narration -- Richard Ferrone has a clipped, military style that's entirely appropriate for this book.


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

    You can't tell this story in one sitting -- at 30 hours, it's not a short "read".


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself consulting WW2 maps of the European theater in order to follow Ambrose's descriptions of the various theaters and planning, and would have liked to have an allied "order of battle" listing to follow . This is the only disadvantage of an audiobook for topics like this, versus having an actual book which would probably contain maps and appendices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Sullivan 03-23-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow!"

    All encompassing to say the least. Classic Stephen Ambrose. I thought I knew a descent amount about WW II! I do now! Excellently written and narrated. Got bogged down in a few places but in retrospect, it made me appreciate all the bs Ike had to deal with that I had never heard about before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    maryellen rogers 10-02-17
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    "Superb historical analysis off ww2 European theater ops"

    Enjoyed the detailed background of the combined nationality war operations and the special interest each allied nation had and the manner in which Eisenhower with the help of Marshall and others was able to hold the factions so well together.

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    johnathan 08-05-17
    johnathan 08-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great writer, terrible reader"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better reader


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of insight was entrancing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His gravely voice was really hard to endure.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The writing itself was Ambrose superb


    Any additional comments?

    I would actually buy it again with another reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 08-01-17
    Richard Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 08-01-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Must reading for WWII buffs"

    Excellent biography that sheds light both on the man and the war, providing fascinating insights into each, and helping to unify pieces of the story that I hadn't previously connected. There were excruciating details that I might have done without, but even if I don't remember (or want to) the minutiae, it did provide perspective

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    Cooper 07-20-17
    Cooper 07-20-17
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    "Stick with it"

    Full disclosure when I first started this book I thought "oh man this is dense, I don't have a history background, what have I done" but I stuck with the book and glad I did. The life lessons that can be gained from this book far surpass any self help book on leadership. As the book goes on you get captured in the strong personalities that surrounded Eisenhower and influenced the decisions he had to make. Start to finish this book was excellent.

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    Tim Krupa 07-19-17
    Tim Krupa 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Supreme"

    In depth treatment of Eisenhower the soldier and commander in WWII. The perspective is Eisenhower's. Conflicts are treated fairly. Focus is on military decisions. Political issues are not the focus. The story is well told.

    Tim

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