The Supreme Commander

The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Length: 32 hrs and 48 mins
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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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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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Eisenhower was supreme

There are some great insights into the political struggles that Eisenhower faced while serving as the Supreme Commander in Europe. Well worth the time it takes to listen to the book.

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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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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.

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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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A long book but tremendously interesting

A great book for any history or WWII buff. It was so detailed and interesting to hear all about WWII European and ME campaigns from Eisenhower's perspective. Author discloses upfront that this book is from Ike's perspective using his correspondence and notes as the primary source. A few times I thought that it was too favorable to Ike, almost like he walked on water. However, that was not too frequent. Overall an excellent book recommended for history or WWII enthusiasts.

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Excellent book. Ambrose is an expert wordsmith.

Ambrose commands the English language like a general. He was the perfect choice to write Eisenhower's war years. Regarding the reader, I have to admit that I was a little put off by his gravely voice, at first. But I came to appreciate the way he conveyed the pensive strength it took to command US forces during the war. I don't think another reader could have done a better job. Enjoy this great book.

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A 5 Star Book

While very long, it is incredibly engaging and leaves one in awe of Eisenhower the man and commander.

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Excellent Book

I wanted to know more about how one man was able to command the largest military operation in the history of mankind and this book answered my questions. Extremely well written and very informative. The magnitude of the events of WWII are always hard for me to believe. This is a very good book about Eisenhower during WWII and the events of D-Day. Steven Ambrose is an excellent writer and the narrator did an excellent job. Very well worth the time.

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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.

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