Ike: An American Hero
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
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
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
I have two critiques: (1) there was lots of detai...more
Like Thomas Jefferson, who would wrather have been known as being Go...more
Ike: An American Hero is not part of any collection. The author spent most of the time informing the reader about the events durin...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
The book appears to have been dictated by Korda, since it's written in a conversational style. It would have been better with more editing, leaving a 500 page book. As an example, Korda repeats some anecdotes,...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
A book with lessons for living and for our times.