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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Excellent!

I was honestly very captivated through the entirety of this book and just like the war, it came to an end!

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superb insights into a great man

This is one of the better historical books that I've ever "read". The insights into the life of Dwight D Eisenhower were fascinating, especially his leadership skills and the challenges he faced within his own team and with the political intrigues of the time.

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Straight shooter kind of work.

I came into this not sure of how dry this kind of book may be. In Ambrose I trust! Ifelt he wrote with balance and told Ikes war stories well. Military books can be dry reads but Ferrone does a great job of keeping the listener engaged. There are some tough French , Russian and German names to pronounce and Ferrone gets it down pat. I'm very pleased with the entire production and would recommend this to anyone interested in leadership, history , or WW2.

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Mired in Details

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I've read a great deal of Stephen Ambrose, but this early work was before he hit his stride. His best work focuses on fascinating people and hews closely to their personal stories, revealing how their character formed the basis for their actions. This is a long, overly detailed book that spends many, many pages on the administration of the offices in the War Department, the division of labor between various branches, and the conflicts between this general and that admiral and oh my God, let it be over already.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen E. Ambrose again?

Absolutely.

What aspect of Richard Ferrone’s performance would you have changed?

Not my favorite narrator. Just lacks the pipes the great voices have.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Search for a better Ambrose book.

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Captivating, if not too detailed in places

A thorough text of a fascinating subject. A little above my level as a novice WWII, but I'm certainly glad I took the time to listen.