Eisenhower in War and Peace

ISBN-10: 0812982886

ISBN-13: 9780812982886

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jean Edward Smith

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“Magisterial.”—The New York Times In this extraordinary volume, Jean Edward Smith presents a portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower that is as full, rich, and revealing as anything ever written about America’s thirty-fourth president. Here is Eisenhower the young dreamer, charting a course from Abilene, Kansas, to West Point and beyond. Drawing on a wealth of untapped primary sources, Smith provides new insight into Ike’s maddening apprenticeship under Douglas MacArthur. Then the whole panorama of World War II unfolds, with Eisenhower’s superlative generalship forging the Allied path to victory. Smith also gives us an intriguing examination of Ike’s finances, details his wartime affair with Kay Summersby, and reveals the inside story of the 1952 Republican convention that catapulted him to the White House. Smith’s chronicle of Eisenhower’s presidential years is as compelling as it is comprehensive. Derided by his detractors as a somnambulant caretaker, Eisenhower emerges in Smith’s perceptive retelling as both a canny politician and a skillful, decisive leader. He managed not only to keep the peace, but also to enhance America’s prestige in the Middle East and throughout the world. Unmatched in insight,Eisenhower in War and Peaceat last gives us an Eisenhower forourtime—and for the ages. NATIONAL BESTSELLER “[A] fine new biography . . . [Eisenhower’s] White House years need a more thorough exploration than many previous biographers have given them. Smith, whose long, distinguished career includes superb one-volume biographies of Grant and Franklin Roosevelt, provides just that.”—The Washington Post “Highly readable . . . [Smith] shows us that [Eisenhower’s] ascent to the highest levels of the military establishment had much more to do with his easy mastery of politics than with any great strategic or tactical achievements.”—TheWall Street Journal “Always engrossing . . . Smith portrays a genuinely admirable Eisenhower: smart, congenial, unpretentious, and no ideologue. Despite competing biographies from Ambrose, Perret, and D’Este, this is the best.”—Publishers Weekly(starred review) “No one has written so heroic a biography [on Eisenhower] as this year’sEisenhower in War and Peace[by] Jean Edward Smith.”—The National Interest “Dwight Eisenhower, who was more cunning than he allowed his adversaries to know, understood the advantage of being underestimated. Jean Edward Smith demonstrates precisely how successful this stratagem was. Smith, America’s greatest living biographer, shows why, now more than ever, Americans should like Ike.”—George F. Will
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 976
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

Preface
Just Folks
The Great War
The Peacetime Army
With Pershing in Paris
With Macarthur in Washington
Manila
Louisiana Maneuvers
With Marshall in Washington
Torch
Baptism by Fire
Sicily
Supreme Commander
D-Day
The Liberation of France
Germany
Chief of Staff
Columbia
"I Like Ike"
The Great Crusade
Eight Millionaires and a Plumber
First off the Tee
Dien Blen Phu
New Look
Heart Attack
Suez
Little Rock
Military-Industrial Complex
Taps
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index
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