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.
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.
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.