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Comment: Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc<br>Date of Publication: 1967<br>Binding: hardcover<br>Edition: <br>Condition: Good<br>Description: +Copyright 1967, hardcover with dustjacket, 400 pages includes index, with b/w frontispiece photo of David Jacob and Ida Stover Eisenhower. SUBJECT: "A collection of amusing, entertaining, & revealing stories by the former president. PARTIAL CONTENTS: The Abilene Years (Sauce for the Gander, Those I Came From, Life with Mother, Toward Annapolis); The Peacetime Army (Fort Sam Houston Texas 1916, Through Darkest America with Truck and Tank, Colonel George Patton, The Generals--Pershing and MacArthur); At War (Incidents at War); At Peace (Stories Out of London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Professor Ike); and more." CONDITION: Library cardholder/checkout sheet and stamps/notations inside. Dustjacket is enclosed in mylar overlay taped to cover. Front hinge has loosened exposing netted cloth. No loose pages.<br>
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At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends Hardcover – December, 1988


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies; 1ST edition (December 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071564373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071564373
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,196,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of my favorite books, and the third copy I have possessed.
rudy
Anyway, this book is well written and extremely informative and very, very readable.
D. Blankenship
Eisenhower covers that subject in "Crusade in Europe" which I also recommend.
B. Morris

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By B. Morris on April 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Recently I went and toured the Eisenhower farm in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. It was a facinating tour (Given by Ike's personal physician and family friend) and when it was over I asked the gentleman what book I should read to learn more about Eisenhower. He recommended this one and a fine recommendation it was.
One nice thing about Eisenhower is he had a gift for story telling and he puts that gift to good use here. You discover when reading his books that they have a very comfortable feel to them. No dry read here. Eisenhower had a real talent for writing (He didn't use a ghost writer but wrote his books completely on his own) and you come away with a better appreciation of the man's intelligence and strong wit.
I was also surprised in the book at how much candor Ike shows. One half expects when reading a book like this you would get a lot of political stories or things to try and justify some of his political choices while President but that is not the case. It really is a book that the title says it is. Personal stories that Ike liked to tell his friends. The result is we get a nice look at the man. Not General or President Eisenhower but the man himself looking back at his life as a soldier, husband and father.
One note on this book. WW II is only lightly covered in this. Eisenhower covers that subject in "Crusade in Europe" which I also recommend.
If you're are interested in learning more about Ike and his life, this is a great place to start.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JOHN GODFREY on March 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
told by Ike himself. He demonstrates a personal touch in this book. It is very different from "Crusade in Europe" & "Eisen-
hower at War" in that he treads very lightly on World War II. It is told the way he wanted to thru mostly humorous stories. It is told without pomposity or the self-serving justifications you find in many autobiographies. Documentation not required here. He covers events in his life that Stephen Ambrose choose to edit in his fine one volume version of Ike's life.
There are stories told in "At Ease" that may not ever be told elsewhere that Ike himself enjoyed. This is an old man talking about events from his youth. Nobody can gaurantee they are 100% accurate & Ike admits as much in the book's preface. It is still an enjoyable book by a great man.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "sherrma" on November 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"At Ease" is a great compliment to Ike's "Crusade in Europe." In "At Ease", Ike describes his pre-WW2 years in the Army adding many colorful stories. My favorite stories were of the years George Patton and Ike spent in the 1920's researching the tank's future in war. Eisenhower had a interesting career as a mid-level officer including many assignments to football teams as a coach. Most interesting are his tales of his assignment in Panama, which were to have a significant affect on his career.
Ike leaves most of his WW2 stories to be told in "Crusade in Europe." In "At Ease" he covers in depth his career after WW2 and the plans Maime and Ike had for life after the Army. This work goes right up until the key role Ike played in the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Orginization defense force. Although Ike doesn't say much about the Presidency, he describes many of the reasons why he would end up later accepting the nomination in 1952.
"At Ease" is a very enjoyable collection of stories for anyone wishing to know more about the famous 5-star General and President, as well as his contemporaries.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on November 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In "At Ease" Dwight D. Eisenhower entertains the reader with recollections of his life up to the end of his military career. Organized chronologically, he tells the tales of his Abilene years, his time in the Peacetime army, the ordeals of World War II and his postwar migration toward political life.

On the pages of this book we learn of Ike's ancestors, his immediate family, his youthful interests and his courtship of Mamie.

Ike brings us into a series of "what if" situations which could have changed history. What if he had been admitted to Annapolis, rather than West Point? What if his football injury had prevented his commissioning? What if he had been sent to France in World War I? Ike lets us into his hopes and frustrations.

An early intra-war adventure was his participation in a cross country truck convoy which introduced him to the breadth of his country and to the need for good roads which he would advance decades later with his promotion of the Interstate Highway System. During the intra-war years Ike served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Washington and in the Philippines. His disagreement with MacArthur's impressions of the Bonus Army and his disapproval of the Chief Of Staff's personal involvement with its rout provide insight into Ike's character evaluation as well as his own developing values which would guide his later public life. During this period his friendship with George S. Patton matured and their professional interest in tanks kept a technology alive.

Approaching World War II, Ike's timely return from the Philippines and his performance in war games in Louisiana positioned him for the call to leadership.
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