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Five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower was arguably the single most important military figure of World War II. For many historians, his memoirs of this eventful period of U.S. history have become the single most important record of the war. Crusade in Europe tells the complete story of the war as Eisenhower planned and lived it. Through his eyes, the enormous scope and drama of the war—strategy, battles, moments of fateful decision—become fully illuminated in all their fateful glory.

Yet this is also a warm and richly human account. Ike recalls the long months of waiting, planning, and working toward victory in Europe. His personal record of the tense first hours after he had issued the order to attack—and there was no turning back—leaves no doubt of Eisenhower's travail and reveals this great man in ways that no biographer has ever surpassed.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Lifting examples or trying to quote from this brilliant account is almost like tearing threads from the Bayeaux tapestry in order to analzyze its beauty... Rich in lessons and satisfaction for soldiers, statesman, and plain citizens of every country.
New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review
This non-ghost-written book is as simple and as forthright as the innumerable admirers of its author have every right to expect it would be.
New York Times
Eisenhower gives the reader true insight into the most difficult part of a commander's life.
Saturday Review of Literature
[A]n orderly, objective, well-documented account of the war in Western Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801856686
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Politics and Strategy of World War II Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 139,856
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 5.76 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1890 in Denison, Texas, Dwight D. Eisenhower grew up in Abilene, Kansas. He served as Supreme Commander of Allied forces during World War II and, from 1953 to 1961, as 34th president of the United States. He died in Washington, D.C., in 1969.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Prelude to War 1
2 Global War 16
3 Command Post for Marshall 31
4 Platform for Invasion 49
5 Planning Torch 74
6 Invasion of Africa 95
7 Winter in Algiers 115
8 Tunisian Campaign 135
9 Husky 159
10 Sicily and Salerno 173
11 Cairo Conference 193
12 Italy 201
13 Planning Overlord 220
14 D-Day and Lodgment 253
15 Breakout 266
16 Pursuit and the Battle of Supply 288
17 Autumn Fighting on Germany's Frontier 321
18 Hitler's Last Bid 342
19 Crossing the Rhine 366
20 Assault and Encirclement 387
21 Overrunning Germany 404
22 Victory's Aftermath 427
23 Operation Study 448
24 Russia 457
Acknowledgments 480
Footnotes 481
App. A Allied Order of Battle for Final Offensive 511
App. B The Allied Air-ground Team for the Final Offensive 512
App. C The German Ground Forces 516
Glossary of Military Code Names 518
Index 523
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