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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

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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)

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Very well done

It showed Ike’s short comings and the ways he exceeded. It was well researched and put together.

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Impressive and Enlightening

I didn't expect to be so impressed with the life of Dwight Eisenhower. He seemed a rather bland and genial presence in my early memories. This book puts that to rest. Brilliant, dedicated and strategic, Eisenhower was placed in positions where he was able to learn the art of war and the subtleties of governing when he was asz young soldier. His war years put this to good use, and he was unquestionably ready to take command of the government when he became president. Wonderful book. Well written and comprehensive, yet without an excess of detail.

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Good History Perspective

Narrator is excellent. This is a well documented biography that still manages to be entertaining. I feel I understand the 40tys and 50tys so much better now.

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One of the few that lived up to his reputation.

This was a book that I wanted to read for a long time, but never had the time. He was the perfect man who faced insane problems and always arose to the occasion. He was a great leader.

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Excellent biography of Ike!

Jean Edward Smith is a master biographer. His compilation of Eisenhower's complete life, from Ike's early childhood and military-school background, to his presidency and beyond, is both engaging and educational! Highly recommend!

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Insightful and inspiring

If you could sum up Eisenhower in War and Peace in three words, what would they be?

Many, if not all, of the current geopolitical threats, concerns, and interest of the United States were defined during Eisenhower's lifetime. This book is an insightful and human account of Gen. Eisenhower's career and legacy. <br/>I would strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in mid-century history and leadership. <br/>As well, the author does a fine job creating a portrait of his subject as a hero, while acknowledging his human frailties.

Have you listened to any of Paul Hecht’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narrator is quite good. Subtle changes in accent add a little drama, without going over the top.

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GREAT BIOGRAPHY

I give the work an A-. I was disappointed by little mentioned concerning the feud with Truman, and 1960 with Nixon v. JFK. Still, a great work!

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An impressive life story very well told.

Eisenhower is the first president I remember as a child. I never thought of him as particularly memorable - until I read this book. It's a great story about an unremarkable boy who, through luck, native intelligence, perseverance and moral character, grows up to become not only the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during WWII, but afterwards, one of the more capable presidents our country has had the good fortune and common sense to elect.

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excellent view into a piece of American history

I never realized that Eisenhower did so much, not only during the war but after as President. This is definitely a must read for executives of large organizations.

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The Right Man at the Right Time

An excellent and well written history of a President who was vastly underrated and to whom we owe much. This book explains in the historical context of Ike's life, the subtle ways in which he dramatically influenced both the war years and the postwar world. In retrospect we we damn lucky to have had him as President for the awkward decade of the 1950's.
very well written and very well read!