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General Ike: A Personal Reminiscence

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews

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,

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 3rd 2004 by Free Press (first published April 15th 2003)
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Jason Koivu
Aug 20, 2011 Jason Koivu rated it liked it
General Ike: A Personal Reminiscence is written by an author too personally involved in the subject to give it its unbiased due. This spotty biography, focused mostly on Eisenhower's military service, was written by his son, who was at his side much of the time. This means that the reader gets some good insider insight. It also means the reader is only told what General Ike's son wants the public to know about his beloved father, so that insider insight tends to be pretty rosy. Not a lot of crit ...more
Ron
May 14, 2013 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not your typical biography, but a series of sketches by Eisenhower's son of his personal relationship with many of the military and civilian men who figured in Ike's military career.

Good audio recording.

A very good read.
Kerri
Nov 17, 2010 Kerri rated it it was ok
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Erwin
Aug 22, 2015 Erwin rated it did not like it
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Only finished the first 1/4 of this one. It was just too slow, too dull. I was reading American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964 at the same time, and the contrast was too stark. MacArthur was fascinating to read about, Eisenhower's reminiscence from his son just didn't compare.
Doug
Aug 08, 2011 Doug rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, biography
This was Eisenhower from the unique perspective of his only surviving son, also a General Eisenhower. No son can objectively report on his father, especially one as famous as Ike. But John does a commendable job.
C. Patrick
Aug 26, 2012 C. Patrick rated it it was amazing
I am re-reading in preparation for a case study on leadership we are doing in BUPERS-31. I very much enjoyed this book by Eisenhower's son, it enhanced my understanding of the personalities who not just shaped Ike, but also challenged him in a very difficult period.
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May 30, 2008 Nate rated it liked it
Ike was the right man and the right place at the right time.
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The son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie, John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower was a retired United States Army officer who authored several books of military history. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium from 1969 to 1971.
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