Eisenhower in War and Peace (Hardcover)

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Christian Science Monitor • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In his magisterial bestseller FDR, Jean Edward Smith gave us a fresh, modern look at one of the most indelible figu...

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Jean Edward Smith is the author of the highly acclaimed FDR, winner of the 2008 Francis Parkman Prize;Grant, a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist; John Marshall: Definer of a Nation;and Lucius D. Clay: An American Life. A member of the faculty at the University of Toronto for thirty-five years, and at Marshall University for twelve, he is currently a senior scholar in the history department at Columbia.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Christian Science Monitor • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In his magisterial bestseller FDR, Jean Edward Smith gave us a fresh, modern look at one of the most indelible figures in American history. Now this peerless biographer returns with a new life of Dwight D. Eisenhower that is as full, rich, and revealing as anything ever written about America’s thirty-fourth president. As America searches for new heroes to lead it out of its present-day predicaments, Jean Edward Smith’s achievement lies in reintroducing us to a hero from the past whose virtues have become clouded in the mists of history.

Here is Eisenhower the young dreamer, charting a course from Abilene, Kansas, to West Point, to Paris under Pershing, and beyond. Drawing on a wealth of untapped primary sources, Smith provides new insight into Ike’s maddening apprenticeship under Douglas MacArthur in Washington and the Philippines. Then the whole panorama of World War II unfolds, with Eisenhower’s superlative generalship forging the Allied path to victory through multiple reversals of fortune in North Africa and Italy, culminating in the triumphant invasion of Normandy. 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. Smith convincingly portrays an Eisenhower who engineered an end to America’s three-year no-win war in Korea, resisted calls for preventative wars against the Soviet Union and China, and boldly deployed the Seventh Fleet to protect Formosa from invasion. This Eisenhower, Smith shows us, stared down Khrushchev over Berlin and forced the withdrawal of British, French, and Israeli forces from the Suez Canal. He managed not only to keep the peace—after Ike made peace in Korea, not one American soldier was killed in action during his tenure—but also to enhance America’s prestige in the Middle East and throughout the world.

Domestically, Eisenhower reduced defense spending, balanced the budget, constructed the interstate highway system, and provided social security coverage for millions who were self-employed. Ike believed that traditional American values encompassed change and progress.

Unmatched in insight, Eisenhower in War and Peace at last gives us an Eisenhower forour time—and for the ages.

Praise for Eisenhower in War and Peace

“[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

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ISBN 9781400066933
Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
Format Hardcover
Pages 950
Publisher Date 2012-02-21 00:00:00.0
Publisher Random House Inc
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.75 in
Wdth 6.75 in
Thickness 2.0 in
Unit weight 3.15 lb
Language English
Audience General/trade
Authors Smith, Jean Edward

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  • Everybody Liked Ike

    This is an excellent, well-documented biography of one of America's greatest and most popular military/political leaders, Dwight David Eisenhower, affectionately known as "Ike." I was a young boy in 1952 when Ike first ran for President, as a Republican, and I recall my mother, a Democrat, exclaiming excitedly when I came home from school one day that "Eisenhower was here--he passed by in his open car, looked up, smiled and waved to me [on our 3rd floor porch above]." Everybody like Ike. He had an outgoing personality--warm, open and friendly--a gift from his mother. He resembled her the most of his five brothers. His secret, according to the author, was he made everyone think HE liked THEM. He combined these qualities with his considerable intellect to impress an array of higher ups, including Generals Pershing, Marshal and MacCarthur, on his meteoric rise up the Army ladder. He was, for example, Allied commander of the Africa invasion in WWII, as a 3-star general, while still a Lt. Colonel in the regular Army. The author doesn't explain the difference. As Allied D-Day commander, he was credited with holding the Alliance together--a considerable array of egos including Heads of State and Generals alike. He was, quite simply, the only high ranking leader they all liked and trusted. Oddly, enough, his main point of controversy was his involvement with his female English driver, Kay Summersby. The author shows convincingly that they were indeed lovers and companions during the War. To which we say, thank you, Ms Summersby, for keeping the General happy during tough times. As President, Ike's greatest achievement was to convince his political and military opponents that further use of nuclear weapons was unthinkable--which holds to this day. He used his great prestige as a military leader to defuse several conflicts, including the Korean war, the Quemoy-Matsu Islands off China, and the Suez canal crisis. He refused direct American involvement in Vietnam to aid the French. Domestically, his greatest achievement was upholding the Constitution to desegregate Southern schools. He also built out present national highway system, as a $700 billion dollar public works program(today's dollar), which triggered economic growth after a recession in the early 50s. His programs often garnered more support from Democrats in the Congress than conservative members of his own party, who were anti-government spending much as the they are today.One of his chief allies in the Congress was Lyndon Jonhson, who later became President and mired in a war in Vietnam. The author does not go into Ike's views on that matter.

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