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Eisenhower, Volume #1: Soldier, General of the Army, President-Elect, 1890-1952 (Eisenhower #1)

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Dwight Eisenhower was not exactly born into poverty, but the family's circumstances were at least austere. He was one of seven children; his father, a railway worker. But the family was strong and unified, the youngsters energetic and ambitious.

Ike made it to West Point, where he excelled in sports. He was a natural leader. But it was at Leavenworth years later, as a stud

Hardcover, 637 pages
Published 1983 by Simon & Schuster
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Jul 18, 2013 Ron rated it liked it
Shelves: history, maps, biography, ebook
Exhaustive and exhausting biography of Eisenhower to to his election in 1952. Well developed and documented. Perhaps more than we needed to know.

I read this as an ebook, which cost it a star. Apparently it was converted to digital by scanning a hard copy, then running it through an OCR program. The catch was: apparently no one proof read it. There are one to three typos EVERY page. Mostly mis-capitalizations and odd spacing like: the se, ill ay (for in May?), Anny for Army, hi s, fiat for flat,
Aug 29, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
Eisenhower, Volume #1 by Stephen Ambrose is a big book, 572 pages of text and then 50 or so pages of notes and index. The test is dense there are a lot of words on each page. A well done work by an author that I have read before. This work was done in 1983. Ambrose died in 2002.

Volume 1 goes from Eisenhower's birth in 1890 to his election as President in 1952. Most of the bulk of the book covers his military career.

I found one objectionable comment in the book. In the section regarding the 1952
Dec 05, 2016 Kenneth rated it really liked it
In the book Eisenhower Soldier General of the Army president Elect , you get the measure of the man.
Stephen E. Ambrose takes 572 pages to explore Ike’s “early year’s” before his White House years begin.
You can see the relationships that Ike had with MacArthur, Marshall, Montgomery, Patton, Roosevelt, Nixon and Truman. I did not get the feel for D-Day or the Battle of the Bulge, except from the conference room view. Eisenhower and Mamie did not own a home until after he retired (for the first tim
May 30, 2013 Nolan rated it really liked it
This will be one of the great nonfiction reads of the year for me. There
are very few writers out there who can capture biography and history in the
way that Ambrose does, bringing mere years and days to vivid life with his
excellent prose.

Eisenhower was the only American in the 20th century to claim his nation's
top civilian and military honors, and only two other men before him in the
nation's history had done that-Grant and Washington. In this first of a
two-volume series, you zoom in on Eisenhower
Aaron Million
Admiring and, on the whole, balanced biography of Dwight Eisenhower from birth up to his election as President in 1952. Ambrose is a good writer and is able to weave together an easy-to-read narrative. But with him, one always wonders just how much of the work was his own, due to the mostly substantiated accusations of plagiarism leveled against him by many historians. His source list is quite thin - relying way too much on Eisenhower's letters. Is that a good source? Yes, for sure. But I get th ...more
I've read Crusade in Europe (by Eisenhower about his time there) and both of Omar Bradley's autobiographies. Read a couple books on Patton and MacArthur and a minor host of them on Churchill and Roosevelt. So I have some background on the person and events covered in this biography.

I most enjoyed reading about his early years in the Army before WWII. WWII was exhausting and exhilarating for Eisenhower and sometimes just exhausting for the reader.

It really is about who you know sometimes. We se
Charlie Newfell
Sep 22, 2014 Charlie Newfell rated it liked it
Stephen Ambrose wrote many excellent books. Alas, this is not one of them. Counting this Book, he wrote a total of 7 books on, or significantly about Eisenhower. He obviously was fascinated by the man, but for the rest of us, this was just too much. Way too much. There is a book sized front 1/3 of this detailing Ike's growing up and 30 years in the army. Ike thought about resigning his commission on the cusp of WWII, but decided against it. Even Ambrose states that if he did, Ike wouldn't even b ...more
Jun 07, 2011 Mel rated it really liked it
Shelves: us-presidents, ww-i, ww-ii
I have mixed feelings about Stephen Ambrose. He plagiarised often and grossly overstated his contact with Eisenhower (Ambrose claimed they met almost daily for hundreds and hundreds of hours, while records show that they met for five hours over three days). I was riveted by his "Undaunted Courage" and bored by "Nothing Like It In The World" which I found repetitive, non-sequential, and undocumented. So why 5 stars for this book? In the style of Ambrose's best pop-history, it flows with smooth rh ...more
Jul 29, 2013 Danmcgohan rated it really liked it
One of my favorite authors. Excellent study of a man and historical events. I felt I really got to understand Eisenhower and the European theater of WWII. Depth and easily understandable military action. Great interaction of personalities of the time. ENJOYABLE! This was my second ebook and I was less than satisfied with structure. Large spacing between words, spaces breaking up words
(i.e. "the", th e), great many misspelled words. This made for the natural flow of reading difficult, not impossi
Oct 27, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it
I love the WWII era history. I love works by Stephen Ambrose. My mother served on Eisenhower's staff in Paris (although her favorite general was Omar Bradley, who comes off very well in this book). I loved the first 500 pages of this--it was hard to not neglect everything else in my life and just hide out reading this. Then the war ended and he finally started seeking the presidency after being head of NATO. Really, really, really disliked that part. Which tells you a lot about me: I love histor ...more
Apr 04, 2015 Lois rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I listened to this as an audiobook. The reader read as if in a hurry and it took great attention to follow it.
I knew little about Eisenhower other than that he lead the Allies on D-Day and served as a two term well loved president. Reading this gave me a much fuller appreciation for a great patriot and exceptional man. I greatly admire Ambrose and this book may have been stronger than I rated it.

If you enjoy history as I do then yes I would recommend this book. I like to read biographies from several historians point of view. It is interesting to see where they agree and disagree. Eisenhower had a high stress life and career. No time more so that during WW ll. The thought of maintaining a working partnership with all those political and military divas sounds awful. Hey, that sounds familiar!
Aug 04, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
I am truly enjoying this book. Learning so much I did not know about Eisenhower. I have actually stop reading in some parts to do more research on what is being presented. Right now it waiting for me to finish another book which should be today. I can't wait ti get back into learning about a small notch in our history.
Michael Stoudt
Mar 05, 2015 Michael Stoudt rated it it was amazing
This is the first volume of Stephen E. Ambrose's outstanding biography of Dwight Eisenhower. It takes the reader from his beginnings through his war years as General and Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces of WWII until his election as 34th President of the United States. Well worth the read!
May 05, 2009 Greg rated it liked it
Having trouble finishing this one. Childhood through WWII were very interesting. Presidential section not so much.
Clayton Brannon
Jan 19, 2015 Clayton Brannon rated it it was amazing
This is the first volume of a two volume set. Great read. If you want to know about Eisenhower this two volume set is a must read.
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Stephen Edward Ambrose was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. He received his Ph.D. in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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