Eisenhower: Soldier and President

Eisenhower: Soldier and President

by Stephen Ambrose
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Eisenhower: Soldier and President by Stephen Ambrose

Dwight Eisenhower was not exactly born into poverty, but the family's circumstances were at least austere. He was one of seven children; his father, a railway worker. But the family was strong and unified, the youngsters energetic and ambitious.

Ike made it to West Point, where he excelled in sports. He was a natural leader. But it was at Leavenworth years later, as a student at the war college, that his intellectual talent showed itself. He graduated first in his class.

The author draws in a wealth of previously unpublished information to give us this beautiful portrait. As a result Eisenhower emerges as complex, one who as the author states, ". . .was a good and great man."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780945707394
Publisher: American Political Biography Press
Publication date: 12/29/2006
Series: Signature Series
Pages: 635

About the Author

Dr. Stephen Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History. He also participated in numerous national television programs, including shows appearing on the History Channel and National Geographic.

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Eisenhower: Soldier and President 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many scanning errors, not professional for an e-text. This is a balanced review of a middle of the road president. Packed with information.
Fortunate1 More than 1 year ago
Please edit, on page 521 "Eisenhower was calling Duties in the hospital..."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very in-depth picture of Ike. I enjoyed it immensely.
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MSH17 More than 1 year ago
From 1942 to 1960, and even after to some degree, Dwight Eisenhower was the face of America to most foreign powers, especially the Western foreign powers. He handled power in a masterful way but also showed the indecisions that most men have on some issues. Ambrose does an excellent job in his direct often blunt style of presenting the good and bad of Eisenhower. He notes the failures and lack of decisiveness in the African campaigns while noting how he had learned from these by the time D-Day arrived. As President, Ambrose shows Ike as a moderate leader who hates the idea of war, especially a nuclear war but who can not come to grips with the glaring social issue of his administration, desegregation. This book does a great job of presenting Eisenhower as a real man who had strengths and weaknesses but kept his country's needs at the forefront of his actions.
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Ross1 More than 1 year ago
This is neither one of Ambrose's better books, nor is it a good biography of Eisenhower. The author seems in a hurry to get through the chapters, leaving out much detail that would be of interest to either the casual reader of the serious historian. Perret's biography was much better.
casual More than 1 year ago
Great writer, great book about one of America's most important leaders. I never realized what an extraordinary man Eisenhower was or how difficult his duties were. We owe this man so much, everyone should read this book.
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