The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower

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by Stephen E. Ambrose
     
 

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In North Africa, on the beaches at Normandy, and in the Battle of the Bulge, Dwight David Eisenhower proved himself as one of the world's greatest military leaders. Faced with conciliating or disagreeing with such stormy figures as Churchill, Roosevelt, and DeGaulle, and generals like Montgomery and Patton, General Eisenhower showed himself to be as skillful a

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In North Africa, on the beaches at Normandy, and in the Battle of the Bulge, Dwight David Eisenhower proved himself as one of the world's greatest military leaders. Faced with conciliating or disagreeing with such stormy figures as Churchill, Roosevelt, and DeGaulle, and generals like Montgomery and Patton, General Eisenhower showed himself to be as skillful a diplomat as he was a strategist.

Stephen E. Ambrose, associate editor of the General's official papers, analyzes his subject's decisions in The Supreme Commander, which Doubleday first published in 1970. Throughout the book Ambrose traces the steady development of Eisenhower's generalcy—from its dramatic beginnings through his time at the top post of Allied command.

The New York Times Book Review said of The Supreme Commander, "It is Mr. Ambrose's special triumph that he has been able to fight through the memoranda, the directives, plans, reports, and official self-serving pieties of the World War II establishment to uncover the idiosyncratic people at its center. ... General Dwight Eisenhower comes remarkably alive. ...[Ambrose's] angle of sight is so fresh and lively that one reads as if one did not know what was coming next. It is better than that: One does know what's coming next—not only the winning of a war but the making of a general—but the interest is in seeing how."

This study of Eisenhower's role in the world's biggest war is absorbing as reading and invaluable as a reference.

Stephen E. Ambrose was Director Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center, Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans, and president of the National D- Day Museum. He was the author of many books, most recently The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisana Purchase to Today. His compilation of 1,400 oral histories from American veterans and authorship of over 20 books established him as one of the foremost historians of the Second World War in Europe. He died October 13, 2002, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

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ISBN-13:
9781578062065
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
732
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.94(h) x 1.54(d)

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The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen Ambrose continues to not disappoint. This book gives the reader the feel of the frustrations of being the Supreme Commander of a multinational force in a theater of war. The need to way every decision on what is not military sound and necessary but the political ramifications as well; not only for his only country, but for the British as well. A must read for anyone who loves World War II and the study of General Eisenhower.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to get into. It gave alot of information, which is why it was too boring. I would recomend if you are looking for facts about Eisenhower, but not if you are looking for an action packed acount.