In War and Peace

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Jean Edward Smith presents a portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower that is as full, rich, and revealing as anything ever written about America's thirty-fourth president. Here is Eisenhower the young dreamer, charting a course from Abilene, Kansas, to West Point and beyond. Drawing on a wealth of untapped primary sources, Smith provides new insight into Ike's maddening apprenticeship under Douglas MacArthur. Then the whole panorama of World War II unfolds, with Eisenhower's superlative generalship forging the Allied path to victory. Smith also gives us an intriguing examination of Ike's finances, details his wartime affair with Kay Summersby, and reveals the inside story of the 1952 Republican convention that catapulted him to the White House. Smith's chronicle of Eisenhower's presidential years is as compelling as it is comprehensive. Derided by his detractors as a somnambulant caretaker, Eisenhower emerges in Smith's perceptive retelling as both a canny politician and a skillful, decisive leader. He managed not only to keep the peace, but also to enhance America's prestige in the Middle East and throughout the world.
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Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Christian Science Monitor * St. Louis Post-Dispatch In his magisterial bestseller FDR, Jean Edward Smith gave us a fresh, modern look at one of the most indelible figures in American history.

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Mar 28, 2015

The non-American Exceptionalist version: Eisenhower, along with MacArthur and Patton, stormed the Bonus Marchers Village and slaughtered over 100 men, women and children [American men, women and children, that is]. As president, Eisenhower dispatched the CIA to overthrow Guatemala's president, Arbenz, a capitalist, but accused of being socialist, and along with murdered Guatemalans, all union organizers were also killed. Eisenhower's finanicial backer was Floyd Odlum, who was also the major investor in United Fruit, which profited from the coup. [Easily verified from papers at Eisenhower Presidential Library] Thousands of Indonesians later murdered when again CIA was dispatched there in an unsuccessful coup to overthrow the nonaligned Sukarno. Iran: their president had the audacity to believe Iranian oil should be for the Iranian people, so his government was overthrown and the Shah inserted in his place. Under Eisenhower, the lawsuit instigated by FDR's administration against the Wall Street 17 [involving super-concentration of corporate ownership by the banks, stemming from the TNEC study] was quashed.

Sep 16, 2012

Wonderfully enjoyable and informative book, but I did not have time to finish it.

May 16, 2012

A comprehensive and very readable biography, particularly good in the World War II section, and making a case for Ike as a much stronger President than he was once thought to be.


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