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Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life by Carlo D'Este

Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life

by Carlo D'Este

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  JFGABCIK | Nov 26, 2012 |
Retired Army officer and military historian, D'Este has written a comprehensive biography of Ike's military career. He begins with a brief family history and Dwight David's (Ike) humble birth in Denison, Texas. D'Este takes a balanced, critical view of Eisenhower http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/ddeisenhower.html detailing the strength and weaknesses of his military leadership and connecting to traits leading to his political success. My personal interest in reading about Ike's life began with knowledge that my maternal grandfather was a schoolmate (Grandfather Reade was four years older than Ike) of Ike's in Abilene http://www.baconlinks.com/DDE/DDE.html Kansas and that their families were neighbors and friends. Another connection, both the Eisenhower's and the Reade's had a brood of seven boys. (lj) ( )
  eduscapes | Apr 22, 2010 |
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There is hardly a shortage of books about Dwight Eisenhower, but Carlo D'Este's Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life stands tall in this forest by virtue of the author's insistence on a too-often forgotten rule of biographers: show--don't tell about--the subject. Though D'Este doesn't neglect Eisenhower's early years (his sketch of the man's rambunctious West Point years is hearteningly entertaining), the book concentrates on his military career, including his years of treading water in the Philippines. By far the most trenchant sections, however, deal with World War II (including a keen look at the little-discussed North African campaign.) We see Ike, who had a famous temper and, when angry, a most indelicate vocabulary, chain-smoking cigarettes and unable to sleep in the weeks leading to D-day; refusing--out of disgust for German atrocities--to be present at the signing of the articles of surrender; bantering, though his heart was heavy, with enlisted men; wrestling contentiously with MacArthur and Field Marshall Montgomery. We read excerpts of his letters to Mamie and are privy to, perhaps, his laying the groundwork for a political career. A Soldier's Life, long but brisk, sympathetic but not adoring, rigorous but never tedious, is a commendable biography. --H. O'Billovich

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Chronicles the Allied commander and future president's unlikely rise to power, tracing his impoverished youth as the son of pacifists, his West Point education, sometimes troubled marriage, toil under MacArthur in the Philippines, contributions to the War Department, and involvement in D-Day.… (more)

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