- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Eastern Acorn Press (June 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0915992043
- ISBN-13: 978-0915992041
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Ike is one of the best writers of his time, and this book is no exception. He speaks plain English, and has marvelous thinking processes. One of the most underrated men of our time.