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Overview

WWII expert John Wukovits explores Dwight D. Eisenhower's contributions to American warfare. American general and 34th president of the United States, Eisenhower led the assault on the French coast at Normandy and held together the Allied units through the European campaign that followed. The book reveals Eisenhower's advocacy in the pre-war years of the tank, his friendships with George Patton and Fox Conner, his service in the Philippines with Douglas MacArthur, and his culminating role as supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe. Wukovits skillfully demonstrates how Eisenhower's evolution as a commander, his military doctrine, and his diplomatic skills are of extreme importance in understanding modern warfare.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In his highly readable and concise style, John Wukovits has once again succeeded in packing a wealth of information into a single volume on the life of one of the greatest soldier-statesmen in history. He conveys the strength of character and innate leadership of Dwight Eisenhower in a manner which will captivate the reader."—Michael E. Haskew, Editor, WWII History Magazine

"With his depth of research, insightful approach, and clarity of style, the author and military historian John Wukovits has managed to put a human face on one of the 20th century's greatest figures and turn an historical icon into a flesh-and-blood human being. One comes away from this book feeling as if Ike is a friend, not just a legend."—Flint Whitlock, author of The Fighting First: The Untold Story of the Big Red One on D-Day

"Wukovits' book is excellently researched but his greatest merit as an historian is a rare ability to make the past a real living thing. This book is a special pleasure to read, for it is peopled by real figures the reader can understand and care about. Eisenhower is not cast as the Olympian figure he is too often made out to be. A superior history of an intensely human man."—Robert Barr Smith, Colonel, USA (ret)

"Wukovits gives us a portrait of a general who devised and sustained a broad-front strategy that led to Germany's unconditional surrender, and a man who never took his eyes off the prize."—Jonathan E. Lazarus, The Star-Ledger.

"[Wukovits] makes a rather profound general comment on the acts of heroism that won the battle."—Jon Guttman, American History

"John Wukovits now offers a concise portrayal of the commander who served as the chief architect of D-Day and the campaign in northwest Europe."—Col. Cole C. Kingseed, USA Ret., ARMY

Library Journal
In this brief military biography, the third in Palgrave's "Great Generals" series, edited by Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.), Wukovits (Pacific Alamo) shows how a rather reluctant West Pointer from a dirt-poor background evolved into one of the greatest commanders of all time. He emphasizes Ike's character, his willingness to be at odds with his superiors, and his empathy for the common soldier. Ike's decades-long quest to gain a unit to command was frustrated time and time again by superiors who wanted his incredible organization abilities for their own staffs. These abilities ultimately made Eisenhower the best choice for supreme commander of Allied forces in World War II Europe. Wukovits emphasizes the role that mentors played in Ike's development as a leader. From his enduring friendship with Patton, to his education under Fox Conner and long-suffering service under the egomaniacal Douglas MacArthur, Ike gained his skills in unconventional classrooms, which prepared him for his greatest military undertaking. There are many Eisenhower biographies, but Wukovits provides an accessible if narrowly focused work that will likely inspire readers to find additional works on Eisenhower's military career not to mention on his later political life. Recommended for all public libraries. Brian DeLuca, Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A condensed version of five-star General Dwight David Eisenhower's military career. Eisenhower was overshadowed as a general by contemporaries Patton and MacArthur, sandwiched as president between the important FDR/Truman and the charismatic Kennedy. But his virtues become more manifest as time passes. Ike may not have been either America's greatest general or president, but he has emerged as our best combined such leader since Washington. Drawing heavily on previously published materials, Wukovits (One Square Mile of Hell, not reviewed) has efficiently distilled Eisenhower's life as a soldier, following his career from the plains of Kansas to West Point, where he was an avid footballer and an indifferent student, to a series of Army posts in Texas, Maryland, Panama, Kansas, the Philippines and Washington D.C., where his uncommon organizational ability and talent for training men kept him, against his own wishes, off the battlefield. Instead, he developed an interest in and devotion to the military; acquired a thorough understanding of all branches and levels of the Army; and learned first-hand strategic and political lessons from the likes of Patton, MacArthur and, most importantly, Generals Fox Connor and George C. Marshall. He emerged during WWII as the indispensable Supreme Allied Commander, able, through consensus, to conceive grand strategy, to tame prima donna generals and to deal with Roosevelt and Churchill as an equal. After defeating the Nazis, he became Army chief of staff and later head of NATO before running successfully for president in 1952. Wukovits attributes Ike's military ascent and success to his focus, his dedication to teamwork, his empathy for the common soldier,his media savvy and his absolute devotion to duty. The brief text contains sufficient evidence to support this analysis. Mercifully infrequent references to contemporary conflicts come off as ham-handed attempts to make Eisenhower relevant and detract from a biography otherwise so tightly focused. For the general reader looking for a handy guide to Eisenhower's long, important and event-filled life in the armed forces. First printing of 75,000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230613942
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Series: Great Generals Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 697,376
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

John Wukovits is the author of Pacific Alamo and Devotion to Duty. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He lives in Trenton, Michigan.

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