- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 28 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: February 21, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007BJUIL4
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Eisenhower in War and Peace Audiobook – Unabridged
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Where Smith is fair to Eisenhower, he is less charitable in his depiction of others. After reading this book, I shiver when I hear the name "De Gaulle" even in relation to the airport. Similarly, he is candid in re-counting the inappropriate decision-making of General Patton, in contrast to the quiet excellence of General Montgomery.
This is a long read, but perfect for anyone looking to learn more about the man and the world during his life. I was very happy to invest time in this one and had to give it five stars.
Smth's discussion of Eisenhower's presidency shows just how smart, wise and capable Eisenhower was as President. He was likely a much better Commander-in-Chief, then General of the Army. Smith compares Ike to General Grant of the Civil War and comes to some interesting conclusions about the similarities of the two men and their concern for their country post war and how they desired to see the country heal. Only a wartime general intimately familiar with death would make this kind of conclusion. Smith does an excellent balancing Eisenhower's full life so that the reader can understand how Ike built each part of his life on his prior experiences.
This is an excellent, thoughtful book.
But it's hard to argue with Eisenhower's results. Theater commander in Europe during World War II. Balanced the budget. Supported desegregation. Spotted McCarthy for what he was and dealt with him accordingly (albeit indirectly). Helped avoid further war in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Judged Nixon for what he turned out to be. Understood the military industrial complex for what it is. He might have misunderstood Iran and Latin America, starting us on dangerous paths on those regions. But on balance he did more good than harm.
FDR would relish the insanity of modern politics and outfox them all. Eisenhower, I suspect, would quietly explode in disbelief for what the country, and his party, have become.
The book is particularly easy to read. I read this book on my Kindle and was about to say that it seemed light compared to Conrad Black's biography on FDR, which is 1100 pages or so in hard cover. But I just checked and this book is 976 pages in print. That it seems much shorter suggests it's just really nicely written.
If you're interested in 20th Century history at all it's a great read about a great President and interesting guy.
I have been primarily a novel reader but now I'm being attracted to non-fiction even more.