Ike: An American Hero
Dwight D. Eisenhower almost didn’t go to West Point. He wanted to go, but his best frien ...more
Of course, I do; we all do. But I don’t worship at his altar and I bet you don’t either. However, I can’t say the same thing for Michael Korda. He fell in love with his subject and concluded that his man never made a mistake and those who disagreed with him were always – well, nine out of ten times anyway -- wrong.
He should have ended the book with Germany’s surrender because while he writes of the Eisenhower presidency in glowing terms, he constantly overstates his case and devotes ...more
This one-volume story of Dwight David Eisenhower, our 34th president, brings readers through a well-paced account of his childhood in Abilene, Kansas, his successful tenure as a cadet at West Point, his first years as an Army man (his talent for logistics kept him at home and in planning/training roles ...more
Kordas relies heavily on public writings which might have biased his book toward conventional wisdom, but he goes against the tide of even his fellow Englishmen in Ike’s famous ...more
First, Korda kept interjecting information about his family and/or career or something of that sort into the book. They were mostly footnotes similar to "The author's brother once met a neighbor of the aforementioned general and had a plesant discussion about the bombing in London." They added nothing to the book and quickly became annoying and disrup ...more
While several reviews of this book complain that Korda was too sympathetic to Ike, and not nearly critical enough, I felt that being critical was not the point of the work. He certainly pointed out Ike's mistakes and missteps, but his thesis was that Ike demonstrated courage, military skill, hard work, integrity, and common se ...more
Without question, Korda is sympathetic towards Eisenhower. Countless places throughout the book he will state others’ criticism towards Eisenhower (i.e., not pressing to Berlin in WWII), and immediately follow with “but…” and defend the general’s decisions and character. In particular, Eisenhower’s relationship with Kay Summersby is ...more
Michael Korda did not have the benefit of the “hundreds and hundreds of hours” of conversation with Eisenhower that Stephen Ambrose, the elite of Eisenhower biographers, enjoyed but this is a valid and very decent addition to the memory of a great man.
While writing this I remembered that when Ambrose wrote his three volume biography of Nixon, which stretched over a ten year period, Nixon never granted h ...more
I have two critiques: (1) there was lots of detai ...more
Citing David McCullough's biographies of Truman and MacArthur, Michael Korda claims that "a reputation can be revised by a single great book," and he seeks to do just that in Ike. Korda treads no new ground; instead, he gathers his information from previously published sources. In place of originality, reviewers commended his engaging, accessible style. Some were annoyed by Korda's lack of objectivity and the short shrift he gives to Eisenhower's presidential years (fewer than 100 pages), but th...more
Like Thomas Jefferson, who would wrather have been known as being Go ...more