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Eisenhower: The White House Years
by Jim Newton
by Jim Newton
I received this as a First Reads giveaway for which I am very grateful. I love having the chance to read books and authors that I might not otherwise have been exposed to. Unfortunately this was not one of my favorite reads. While the subject and research that went into this were interesting, the delivery ended up being just a bit boring. I didn't expect a biography of Eisenhower to be captivating or thrilling but this ended up being just a few notches up from a text book. My biggest problem was that the author would mention someone or something happening and detour to give a mini history before returning to the original subject. Case in point, early on the author mentions Eisenhower's rather tense relationship with General MacArthur, then launches into a recounting of MacArthur's troubles during and after the War all the way up to his death, then returns to his original timeline. This happens quite a bit and gets a little confusing at times. I would have preferred a more linear description of events and more insight into Eisenhower's personality. Overall this was not a bad book and I did learn quite a bit about this time period which is what I was hoping for, so in that sense I was satisfied. But the presentation was pretty dry and sort of disjointed which made it a bit of a tedious read.
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