General Ike by John Eisenhower
A Personal Reminiscence

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John S.D. Eisenhower modestly explains General Ike as "a son's view of a great military leader -- highly intelligent, strong, forceful, kind, yet as human as the rest of us." It is that, and more: a portrait of the greatest Allied military leader of the Second World War, by the man who knew Ike best.
General Ike is a book that John Eisenhower always knew he had to write, a tribute from an affectionate and admiring son to a great father. John chose to write about the "military Ike," as opposed to the "political Ike," because Ike cared far more about his career in uniform than about his time in the White House. A series of portraits of Ike's relations with soldiers and statesmen, from MacArthur to Patton to Montgomery to Churchill to de Gaulle, reveals the many facets of a talented, driven, headstrong, yet diplomatic leader. Taken together, they reveal a man who was brilliant, if flawed; naïve at times in dealing with the public, yet who never lost his head when others around him were losing theirs. Above all, General Ike was a man who never let up in the relentless pursuit of the destruction of Hitler.
Here for the first time are eyewitness stories of General Patton showing off during military exercises; of Ike on the verge of departing for Europe and assuming command of the Eastern Theater; of Churchill stewing and lobbying Ike in his "off hours." Faced with giant personalities such as these men and MacArthur, not to mention difficult allies such as de Gaulle and Montgomery, Ike nevertheless managed to pull together history's greatest invasion force and to face down a determined enemy from Normandy to the Bulge and beyond. John Eisenhower masterfully uses the backdrop of Ike's key battles to paint a portrait of his father and his relationships with the great men of his time.
General Ike is a ringing and inspiring testament to a great man by an accomplished historian. It is also a personal portrait of a caring, if not always available, father by his admiring son. It is history at its best.
 

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John S.D. Eisenhower, a graduate of West Point, a retired Brigadier General in the Army Reserve, and the former American ambassador to Belgium, is also the author of seven books, including the bestseller The Bitter Woods; Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott; and, most recently, Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I.
 
Published May 9, 2003 by Free Press. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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Here also is Mickey's girl, Pearlie, the Wac he met in North Africa, married in France just before the von Rundstedt winter offensive- end the reception Eisenhower gave them both.

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Katch traces his story, from birth in Kansas, of simple stock, through school days, football, West Point, marriage, training of troops during the first w, General Staff school, and inter General Staff work under MacArthur and the Philippines Finally, the war -- his assignment to Britain in advanc...

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Eisenhower, for example, remarks that the Battle of the Bulge might have had a more satisfactory resolution had Ike ordered General Omar Bradley “to remove his tactical headquarters from Luxembourg to Namur, where he could control the main battle to blunt the German spearheads.” Such comments wil...

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Despite the publisher's contention that this is ""the first-ever biography"" of Winfield Scott (1786-1866), Eisenhower's (Intervention!) fine work is actually the latest of several previous biographies of the esteemed general, and the first major work on him since Charles W.

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This thoroughly worthwhile memoir recalls the author's father in his association with various distinguished soldiers and statesmen of the past century.

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He does this by discussing—not intellectual influences such as his father's mastery of the writings of Carl von Clausewitz or his emotional life such as the nature of his relationship with Kay Summersby (he mentions neither) or his political career (he admits that he knows more about his father a...

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