A Life

Book - 2014
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A portrait of the thirty-fourth president covers his years as a five-star general and his two presidential terms, as well as his Kansas childhood, West Point education, and volatile relationship with Richard Nixon.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2014
ISBN: 9780670016822
Characteristics: 136 p. ; 24 cm


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Oct 16, 2016

It is a very small book for someone whom had such a huge impact upon the 20th century. It broad-brushes over all his accomplishments and failures. If you are looking for an in depth book about the man, skip this. If you want just a general idea, this is decent.

Given the political climate of today it would do well to read about a Republican of a different era, who tried for balanced budgets, ended one war and avoided others, warned of a military-industrial complex, stood up to McCarthyism and promoted infrastructure. He also was the first to use the power of the federal government to enforce civil rights laws. If you read this book or do your own research, it's a shame that his way of thinking is not more widespread.

Jan 03, 2015

This book should have been categorized under the American Exceptionalism label! Sorry, but can never get over the slaughter of over 100 women, children and men of the Bonus Marchers' Village [along with MacArthur and Patton], nor the innocent Iranians killed during the 1953 CIA-staged coup, w/Eisenhower's go-ahead, nor the innocents killed in Guatemala - - same thing - - nor those thousands killed in Indonesia. Nor that the Bay of Pigs plan originated with Eisenhower [called for full-scale military invasion and assassination of Castro, sagely called off by Kennedy, who shouldn't have trusted Eisenhower and called off the entire fiasco].


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