Eisenhower : in War and Peace

Eisenhower : in War and Peace

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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2012]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781400066933
Branch Call Number: 973.921 EISEN SMITH
Characteristics: xx, 950 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Aug 11, 2019

I think I prefer Ellis or Caro as a presidential biographer, but this highly readable biography of Eisenhower was interesting and told me many things I had not known before. Smith attempts to clear up alleged myths and inaccuracies about Ike but it wasn't clear to me how much was an attempt to better Ike's image as opposed to the truth. Perhaps all of it was the truth. Certainly, the book belies the common belief that the Eisenhower years were all white bread during which the deeply festering social ills of the nation were ignored. Smith also rightly criticizes Eisenhower in certain aspects of his military leadership (West Point had taught an outdated mode of combat) and his treatment of Harry Truman. Smith is also quite critical of another historian, Stephen Ambrose, a criticism that very well may be warranted. In any event, this volume is definitely worth reading for those interested in American history.

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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