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Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
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Sep 02, 12

Read from August 05 to 31, 2012

If Smith had billed this book as a political and military history of WWII and the 1950s, It would have been three or four stars. But a biography, in my view, ought to get inside the subject's head, and readers should come away with a relatively intimate understanding of the subject. Smith doesn't offer much insight into Eisenhower the man. We know he worked really hard, stepped out on his wife while commanding the war in Europe, and smoked a lot. We also know that he had superb political instincts, governed fairly and firmly, and accepted responsibility for his decisions. Smith seems aware of the fact that his biography of Eisenhower sheds little light on the man. In the book's final paragraph, Smith quotes Eisenhower's wife as speculating that she wasn't sure that anyone ever really knew Dwight Eisenhower. After 600 some odd pages, readers certainly don't.

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