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Dear General: Eisenhower's Wartime Letters to Marshall Paperback – May 12, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (May 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801862191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801862199
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Perhaps one of the best volumes on the problems of command during World War II.

(Leo J. Daugherty III Armor)

This collection is the raw material of history refined by an able historian. Here are seventy- five significant letters sent by Eisenhower to his chief supporter and mentor, General of the Army George C. Marshall, from the time of Torch (the invasion of North Africa) to victory in Europe... Without doubt, Eisenhower's reputation as a man and a leader will be enhanced by this fine work.

(Air Force Magazine)

Reveals (as only unofficial documents can) the magnitude of Eisenhower's task and his steady, poised progress toward V-E Day. His maturation from Marshall's staff representative to Supreme Commander is evident here, providing a magnetic study in diplomacy, strategic expertise, and profound intuition of how human beings as individuals or en masse.

(Library Journal)

Eisenhower's letters to Marshall are some of the most fascinating documents in the Eisenhower Papers... a valuable commentary on various phases of Allied strategy and the American war effort. They also disclose the man who wrote them, the development of his thought, his grasp of strategy and his technique of command.

(Army Quarterly)

Although poles apart in personality—Marshall being as cool and aloof as Eisenhower was open and gregarious—they shared characteristics and attitudes that were militarily important. Both were staff rather than command officers who excelled in planning operations. Both agreed that a commander's first responsibility should be to build an efficient command organization, and they shared heroes in common in their admiration of Ben Franklin and Robert E. Lee.

(Kansas City Star)

About the Author

Joseph P. Hobbs is professor of history at North Carolina State University at Raleigh. He served as assistant editor on the staff which edited The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower: The War Years.

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By TomTomTara on February 8, 2014
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Nothing new here. I was expecting that Ike let loose (maybe about Montgomery, Patton, Fredendall) but it's all very professionally worded, run of the mill reports to his boss. If you're looking for a little juicy gossip, look elsewhere. Other than Ike's rather frequent complaints, it's deadpan recounting.

There's no letter about when the Bulge battle happened unexpectedly, the woes from Montgomery are sanitized, and there's a touch of sycophancy to Marshall. I thought there might be a flare of Ike's famous temper in his letters but everything is worded very diplomatically. The author's analysis of the letters is more interesting than the letters though I believe it too is somewhat simplistic at times. These are two complex, complicated men and I don't think the letters delved very deeply into either of their personalities or even the earth-shaking events in the background. This is for hard-core Second World War enthusiasts only; otherwise you can safely pass on this one.
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