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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A President for the 21st Century

Eisenhower in War and Peace illuminates the life and mind of one of America's finest leaders. A leader of leaders, Eisenhower was complicated, astute, and more imaginative then his Texan smile indicated. As a warrior, he led the Allies in WWII, and as President led Amer...
Eisenhower in War and Peace illuminates the life and mind of one of America's finest leaders. A leader of leaders, Eisenhower was complicated, astute, and more imaginative then his Texan smile indicated. As a warrior, he led the Allies in WWII, and as President led America into prosperity and peace. Ike is seen as a "progressive conservative," a leader who knew what to preserve and what to change. If conservatives had followed him rather than Goldwater, the nation and the Republican Party would have been better served. Smith brings up the complexity of one of our greatest Presidents.

posted by Raging_Rhino on December 11, 2012

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

More thorough than other biographies

I have read several Ike bios and this one is more informative and seems to be better researched than others. Here Ike is not portrayed in a cardboard way. Both mistakes and virtues are cited. For instance, Smith criticizes Ike for his gaffs and shortcomings in directing...
I have read several Ike bios and this one is more informative and seems to be better researched than others. Here Ike is not portrayed in a cardboard way. Both mistakes and virtues are cited. For instance, Smith criticizes Ike for his gaffs and shortcomings in directing the North Africa invasion, but he also points out that Ike made an effort to learn from these mistakes and the war effort later benefits because he does this. The deeper research is also reflected in the illumination of such things as Ike's relation with Kay Summersby. Citing comments in associate's diaries, Smith characterizes the relationship as more romantic than described elsewhere. I am only half way through this book and it will be interesting to see if Smith is onto Ike's Presidential strategies. Ike was often thought of as a golfing, fly-fishing lightweight as a President. Lots of people fell for that diversion.

There is one minor bias in this writing. Every insular attitude is characterized as "conservative." More thoughtful behavior, not so much.

posted by western_coyote on March 26, 2012

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    A President for the 21st Century

    Eisenhower in War and Peace illuminates the life and mind of one of America's finest leaders. A leader of leaders, Eisenhower was complicated, astute, and more imaginative then his Texan smile indicated. As a warrior, he led the Allies in WWII, and as President led America into prosperity and peace. Ike is seen as a "progressive conservative," a leader who knew what to preserve and what to change. If conservatives had followed him rather than Goldwater, the nation and the Republican Party would have been better served. Smith brings up the complexity of one of our greatest Presidents.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Highly recommended

    The author carefully and thoroughly researched recorded information on Eisenhower's life and professional career to provide the basis for this book. It is well written and provides insight and understanding about how and why Eisenhower made decisions that had such a monumental effect on The United States, including winning WWII in Europe, Ending the Korean War, and preventing a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, and many domestic programs including civil rights and the interstate highway system, and balancing the budget. It should be required reading for all representatives and senators in the U.S. congress, and presidents.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Wear a mouthguard

    Girls with mouthguards get me horny

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Excellent book for the general reader and scholars. I have read a number of books on EIsenhower and this book provided a look at areas in Eisenhower life that I was not aware of.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Great president and decent man

    This man goes with Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and George W. Bush as great U.S. presidents. Born in Texas in 1890, Ike lived in Kansas, where excelled at math and history( like me), loved Football and Baseball, was good at it ( like me), and chased after girls, sometimes getting them and not( like me). He graduated from West Point and became a solider. He was an aid to General Fox Connor and General Douglas MacArthur. In World War 2 he was apponited Suprem Allied Commander in Europe, and was in charge of the highly sucesufull D-day invasion. He became a five star General. He became President of Columbia University and commander of NATO. In, in 1952, he announced he was running for President. He easily defeated Illonis Governor Adlai Stevenson to become the 34 president of the USA. He reduced taxes, ended the Korean War, and built up national defense. The fiftes were of economic peace. He spoke strongly for world peace, but made many nulculer weapons and pushed on the Cold War. After leaving the White House, he settled on a farm in Pennsylvain. He died of heart faliure in 1969, the year his vice president Richard Nixon ( see memoirs of Nixon for my biography of him), was President. This book details his life. THANK YOU!!!!

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    Posted July 26, 2012

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    Posted July 21, 2012

    URGENT

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    Posted July 8, 2012

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    What exactly did u do that was so bad?

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    Posted July 8, 2012

    Evvy

    Evvy shook her head. "It was my fault Jon, not yours!"

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    Posted July 21, 2012

    Tris

    Takes all the weapons away from lisa before leaving. Bye. Leaves

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    Posted June 29, 2012

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    Posted July 7, 2012

    Saphire to all

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    Posted June 29, 2012

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    Posted July 20, 2012

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    Posted August 9, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Best biography I've ever read.

    Just a grand book. If you love biographies you won't want to miss this one. I'm going to read it at least twice.

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