Eisenhower

Eisenhower

In War and Peace

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Random House, Inc.
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. Now this peerless biographer returns with a new life of Dwight D. Eisenhower that is as full, rich, and revealing as anything ever written about America’s thirty-fourth president. As America searches for new heroes to lead it out of its present-day predicaments, Jean Edward Smith’s achievement lies in reintroducing us to a hero from the past whose virtues have become clouded in the mists of history.

Here is Eisenhower the young dreamer, charting a course from Abilene, Kansas, to West Point, to Paris under Pershing, and beyond. Drawing on a wealth of untapped primary sources, Smith provides new insight into Ike’s maddening apprenticeship under Douglas MacArthur in Washington and the Philippines. Then the whole panorama of World War II unfolds, with Eisenhower’s superlative generalship forging the Allied path to victory through multiple reversals of fortune in North Africa and Italy, culminating in the triumphant invasion of Normandy. 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. Smith convincingly portrays an Eisenhower who engineered an end to America’s three-year no-win war in Korea, resisted calls for preventative wars against the Soviet Union and China, and boldly deployed the Seventh Fleet to protect Formosa from invasion. This Eisenhower, Smith shows us, stared down Khrushchev over Berlin and forced the withdrawal of British, French, and Israeli forces from the Suez Canal. He managed not only to keep the peace—after Ike made peace in Korea, not one American soldier was killed in action during his tenure—but also to enhance America’s prestige in the Middle East and throughout the world.

Domestically, Eisenhower reduced defense spending, balanced the budget, constructed the interstate highway system, and provided social security coverage for millions who were self-employed. Ike believed that traditional American values encompassed change and progress.

Unmatched in insight, Eisenhower in War and Peace at last gives us an Eisenhower forour time—and for the ages.

Praise for Eisenhower in War and Peace

“[A] fine new biography . . . [Eisenhower’s] White House years need a more thorough exploration than many previous biographers have given them. Smith, whose long, distinguished career includes superb one-volume biographies of Grant and Franklin Roosevelt, provides just that.”—The Washington Post

“Highly readable . . . [Smith] shows us that [Eisenhower’s] ascent to the highest levels of the military establishment had much more to do with his easy mastery of politics than with any great strategic or tactical achievements.”—TheWall Street Journal

“Always engrossing . . . Smith portrays a genuinely admirable Eisenhower: smart, congenial, unpretentious, and no ideologue. Despite competing biographies from Ambrose, Perret, and D’Este, this is the best.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Baker & Taylor
A peerless biographer returns with a new life of Dwight D. Eisenhower that is as full, rich, and revealing as anything ever written about America's thirty-fourth president.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents a tribute to the thirty-fourth president that considers his forgotten accomplishments, providing coverage of such topics as his apprenticeship under Douglas MacArthur, his World War II heroics and the inside story of the 1952 Republican convention that catapulted him into the White House.
The author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Grant presents a modern tribute to the 34th President that considers his forgotten accomplishments, providing coverage of such topics as his apprenticeship under Douglas MacArthur, his World War II heroics and the inside story of the 1952 Republican convention that catapulted him into the White House. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400066933
140006693X
Branch Call Number: B EISENHOWER
Characteristics: 950 p

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StarGladiator
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.

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easychair
Sep 16, 2012

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

bdominus Jul 25, 2012

HAVE INSTALLED KINDLE APP

Your direction really don't tell me how to download this so I can read it on my iPad

VERY FRUSTRATING

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GummiGirl
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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