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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  482 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower was arguably the single most important military figure of World War II. For many historians, his memoirs of this eventful period of U.S. history have become the single most important record of the war. Crusade in Europe tells the complete story of the war as Eisenhower planned and lived it. Through his eyes, the enormous scope and dra...more
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Published June 6th 1997 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 1948)
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Checkman
Mar 22, 2012 Checkman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military history buffs
Good solid auto-biography of Eisenhower's war years. While it has been pointed out that he glosses over the conflicts that occurred between the allies and their respective commanding officers it's understandable. The book was published in 1948. Many of those personages were not only still around, but still in positions of great authority which included Eisenhower. The man wasn't a fool. The Soviets were becoming an issue and Eisenhower knew that we (the United States) needed our allies - even Fr...more
Olethros
Interesante hagiografía (casi) de precampaña presidencial.-

Género. Biografía (porque aunque tenga mucha Historia detrás, no deja de ser una autobiografía).

Lo que nos cuenta. Relato, de la mano del propio protagonista, de las vivencias y experiencias de Eisenhower (castrenses nada más) desde que empieza la Segunda Guerra Mundial hasta verano del 45, que nos muestra su intervención en un buen número de acciones de guerra muy conocidas y de gran importancia en las que tuvo que usar mucha mano izqui...more
Mikey B.
This is a straight-forward and honest account of the American build-up and attack on Nazi-occupied Africa and Europe by one of the main military organizers and planners. It is certainly not as exhilarating and inspiring as Winston Churchill’s memoirs, but it does rank among one of the major works on World War II by one who was directly involved during those tumultuous years.

Eisenhower does come across as one who disdained pomp and ceremony – witness his signing of the surrender by Jodl or his re...more
Matthew Hines
I am currently reading this vast memoir of Supreme Allied Commander, General Eisenhower. It is vast in it's scope, covering his experiences from the days after Pearl Harbor was bombed, to the immediate aftermath of the surrender of Germany. In it, he speaks of the master strategies that he planned to bring victory first to North Africa, then to Sicily, and then to Overlord. While modest about his contributions, it is clear that he is aware of the enormous part he played in Hitler's defeat.

And w...more
John Gnesin
Pretty good blow by blow battle history of the war in Europe. Eisenhower has that somewhat, OK I'll say it - delightful, non-writer/writer's "report" style, characteristic of former military, police and other official personnel. Oftentimes this consists of forming simply stated short declarative sentences in which he can stretch one sentence's worth of thought into a paragraph (i.e. "This is the thing we had to do. So we did it. It was done. We were pleased it was done."). Occasionally and unfor...more
Al Citera
TO COIN A PHRASE, "A MAN AND A MOMENT MEET" IS TRULY APPROPRIATE IN THIS ERA.
THE LOGISTICAL PLANNING NEEDED FOR A WORLD WAR IS MIND BOGGLING AN INFORMATIVE
AND INSIGHTFUL READ.
Jonathan Gaspard
Great read! Last few pages are a great reminder of who we are as a nation and a call to action that is needed now more than ever in our national history.
James Violand
Jun 29, 2014 James Violand rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to James by: Anyone.
Shelves: own
The war in Europe written by the Commander of the Theater. Shows the motives behind the strategy that led to our victory. Unfortunately, Eisenhower had to be a diplomat as well as a warrior. This is the explanation for hindering Patton to pet the ego of Bernard Montgomery. Montgomery is, to my estimation, the worst commander of any army during the war. He won by attrition against Rommel in North Africa. He was responsible for Clark's slog up the boot in Italy while he continued to secure more an...more
Shannon Cooper
One of the things I really liked in Eisenhower's account of WWII was that he explained why he made the decisions that he did and that he believed those to be the best courses of action given the circumstances.

Some parts of the book are a little dull in my opinion when it comes to equipment numbers, but maybe those parts would be interesting to somebody that studies war tactics. I also wish I had made a timeline as I was going through the book so that it would be easier to follow because he does...more
Aaron Million
Interesting memoir by the great Allied commanding general in WWII. Eisenhower presents a very detailed account of how he came to be put in charge of the European theatre of the war, and gives an intimate portrait of the stresses and pressures that he faces daily throughout the war. Eisenhower naturally explains his thoughts on the myriad military campaigns that were conducted, going behind the scenes to show how and why he and his command staff created battle plans to defeat Italy and Germany.

W...more
Anne Harm
Feb 27, 2013 Anne Harm added it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in getting a leader's eye view of World War II
Recommended to Anne by: my mother
Shelves: gave-up-on-it
I made a worthy attempt with this book, but I reached the point where I had to call the time of death on that process, so to say, and move on. I wanted to read it, as my mother had just reread, and her copy was originally owned by my her father (my maternal grandfather). It is indeed a lovely volume, with fine examples of period maps and photographs. I appreciated Eisenhower's personality studies, how the various situations looked to him as he navigated. However, about 100 pages into the 400-pag...more
Michael
I was hesitant to read this for the simple reason that I was afraid that it would be rather dull. What light would Eisenhower be able to shed on the war from having directed it at the highest level? It may be sparse on tactics, but as a (former) Army officer myself, it shed great light on leadership. Eisenhower is famous for managing the first truly multinational force in modern times, possibly ever. But his perspective on directing and managing a war in all of its complexities, from logistics t...more
Jim
The first complete book I read at age 11 because I got ground for 2 weeks for something. This was the 80's so taking away my TV was akin to the Internet and Cell Phone done....So I asked my Dad to go to library and I checked this and a couple other books...Figured I'll show him....he won't bore me to tears...It seemed to work....

Till one day recently, I had an epiphany.....I went to ground my child and said no TV only.... and I muttered, "that bastard". The wife said, "Why are you saying that?!...more
Jimmie Kepler
Crusade in Europe is General Dwight David Eisenhower's memoir from the early days of World War II through the early post-war. His story and observations are crucial to an understanding of the Great Crusade. Among memoirs, this is a gem.

General Eisenhower takes the reader along with him through each stage of the Crusade. Having attracted attention for his performance in Army maneuvers in Louisiana in 1940, General Eisenhower was called to Washington immediately after Pearl Harbor because of his r...more
Aaaschless
After reading Band of Brothers, I wanted to get the General's perspective. It's pretty dry and strategic, but occasionally Dwight has some breakthroughs about what he thought and felt, especially at the end talking about Russia. 55 years and a lot hasn't changed.
Wendy
My copy 1948

Inside front cover is festung Europa map showing bomber planes
Some black and white prints and maps scattered throughout the book
Also a1948 version in hardcover
Ed
An excellent re-telling of Ike's tenure as Supreme Allied Commander during WWII written by the man himself. All events from the North Africa campaign to Germany's surrender are told in great detail, everything from planning, strategy, logistics , the battles and also his dealings with the troops and notable figures ( Patton, Churchill, FDR etc. ) who also played vital roles in defeating Hitler. To me, the most exciting part of the book was his account of the Allies crossing the Rhine into what I...more
Tom
interesting to read Ike' s own version of the war, less so his evaluation of others involved as he takes the old admonition "if you can't say anything nice say nothing at all" to heart.
John
Being a history buff, I really enjoyed reading the "inside" story. It's a great read. It gives incite to Ike, the general and later the President.
Jacob
Extensive personal account of the vagaries of leading an army and fighting a huge war. What makes this book so great is the first-person account by Eisenhower and his exactitude of attention to detail. Eisenhower also provides much personal insight into the reasoning of much of the strategy, and how this reasoning affected decision-making.

Recommended to anyone interested in WWII, or military history/strategy.
Chad
I'm kind of with a lot of others on this where while I think this is an important book for anyone interested in WWII history Eisenhower takes too measured an approach in describing events and individuals involved. If you are looking for detailed insight from someone that was there forget it. It's a very dry administrative telling of the war along the lines of Sir Kenneth Strong's Intelligence at the Top.
Andy Bennett
Interesting view of WWII in Europe from Eisenhower's perspective. He certainly downplays a number of the arguments between the allies, which if anything would made his achievement as the Supreme Commander even more impressive in the book. As you would expect, he just hits the high points given the vast scope of his role, but it was certainly a worthwhile read, even with some obvious flaws.
Chris
This is one of the classics. Ike's description of his involvement in World War II, first published in 1948, was timely and still helpful and fascinating today. Note, the details about the Ultra code were still considered secret until 1974, so his memoirs do not mention this at all. Still, it is great to get Ike's side of the story, especially written so soon after the conflict.
Troy
I first read this book in 2008. I have re-read much of it many times since then. I must say that this book is an invaluable history of the war. Ike does a marvelous job of weaving together minute details and the broad sweeping nature of the flow of the war. His writing in this book demonstrates why he was such an effective general.
Grahambo
A really interesting memoir about leading an allied campaign at the strategic level. Far more detailed and honest than what passes for a memoir today, although Ike never criticizes anyone by name since he respected their service despite his disagreement. Should be mandatory reading at staff college.
Matthew
Granted it was written in 1948 but it read like a clinical. Very little was written about what the author (in this case one of the major figures of the war) was thinking or what went behind many of the decisions or actions that occured.
Bill Radcliff
Good book but you can tell it was written in another time. Very politically correct and past over a lot of the conflicts between staff. Still, it provided a great look into a very critical point in our history
Leeann
I have read many books about WW2, and having the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces perspective was fascinating. A special treat was the discussions on leadership peppered through the book.
Mac
After reading this book it gave me a new view on what really happened in World War II. For example why General Eisenhower made certain decisions and how the affected the war effort.
David N
Interesting WW2 view from the top - the supreme allied commander - written as he prepared himself for his politcal life and eventual 2 term presidency in the 1950s
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