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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Touchstone (October 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067160564X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671605643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
He was a wartime General, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, patron to the North American Treaty Organization. Ike was also a son, husband and father. But he was versatile; after initial resistance, he ran for, and was elected, President. People liked him; civilians and soldiers alike would follow him. 65 years later, Ambrose reviews the issues of the 40s and early 50s, the many characters on the scene, and how they practiced politics.
Of course Ike was the man who harnessed the fractious Army commanders, initiated D-Day, and set the mold for post-war reconciliation. At Rhein-Main air base in West Germany, speaking at a press conference:
'...when he had last come to Germany "I bore in my heart a very definite antagonism toward Germany and certainly a hatred for all that the Nazis stood for, and I fought as hard as I knew how to destroy it." But, he added, "for my part, by-gones are by-gones," and he hoped that "some day the great German people are lined up with the rest of the free world, because I believe in the essential freedom-loving quality of the German people." When a German reporter pointed out that many Frenchmen wanted a permanently neutralized Germany, Eisenhower replied that "in this day and time to conceive of actual neutrality... is an impossibility." (p. 503)
Ike is frequently associated with the term 'military-industrial complex'. Just prior to Korea, President Truman was trying to balance the budget by cutting defense. Ike observed:
"Of course the results [of an inadequate defense policy] will not show up until we get into serious trouble," he predicted in June 1949. "We are repeating our own history of decades, we just don't believe we ever will get into a real jam." (p.
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By K.A.Goldberg on February 28, 2015
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Stephen Ambrose provided us with a superbly readable look at Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969) from his Kansas boyhood thru his military career and up to his election as President in November, 1952. We follow young Ike as he fights with his brothers in Abilene, Kansas, attends West Point, and his long career as a military officer of solid ability but little rank or stature. Then we follow as he takes command of the Allied invasion of North Africa in 1942, proceeding to D-Day in June, 1944, up through final victory in May, 1945. Through it all the author shows Eisenhower's superb abilities, thinking, strategy, and his mistakes. Perhaps his greatest talent, in addition to his capacity for hard work and ability to see the big picture, was his likeable personality - which let him get prima donna generals to stop bickering and work together. Then we follow his post-war years as national hero, President of Columbia University, head of NATO, and his successful run for President. The result is a very good biography, one that shines with admiration yet is not afraid to point out Eisenhower's flaws.
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By d Fleming on June 27, 2014
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Great book about a great man who was a true public servant. Ambrose did a great job showing what kind of person (good or bad) that Ike was.
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By nancy on March 14, 2014
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He will read anything Mr. Ambrose puts out as he is concise, thorough yet not bone-dry. Worth the time if you are historically inclined.
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Dr. Stephen Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than 30 books. Among his New York Times best-sellers are: Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage.He was not only a great author, but also a captivating speaker, with the unique ability to provide insight into the future by employing his profound knowledge of the past. His stories demonstrate how leaders use trust, friendship and shared experiences to work together and thrive during conflict and change. His philosophy about keeping an audience engaged is put best in his own words: "As I sit at my computer, or stand at the podium, I think of myself as sitting around the campfire after a day on the trail, telling stories that I hope will have the members of the audience, or the readers, leaning forward just a bit, wanting to know what happens next." Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans. He was the Director Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center in New Orleans, and the founder of the National D-Day Museum. He was also a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History, a member of the board of directors for American Rivers, and a member of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council Board. His talents have not gone unnoticed by the film industry. Dr. Ambrose was the historical consultant for Steven Spielberg's movie Saving Private Ryan. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks purchased the film rights to his books Citizen Soldiers and Band of Brothers to make the 13-hour HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. He has also participated in numerous national television programs, including ones for the History Channel and National Geographic.

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