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At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  209 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 1st 1981 by Eastern Acorn Press (first published January 1st 1967)
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President Eisenhower tells about various times in his life from early childhood to just before becoming a candidate for President. I found the stories to be informative,instructive and entertaining.
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I remember Ike but that seems strange to say in a way, because for so many people to whom I speak, he is an historical figure, someone distant and dusty, of another time. And so he is, yet I remember posters above the seats of the bus on which I traveled to school in NYC that were full head shots of the man running for President. That is my first real recollection of him as a person. Being a kid, I really didn't pay very much attention to him as President but I remember he had a cute grand-son a ...more
Wendy Leigh
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it! It is full of anecdotes about his interactions with other historical figures and how he made decisions. Much more interesting than a straight memoir detailing events.
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
If these were stories that Ike woud tell friends, I'm surprised he had any friends at all. This book is dull upon dull. It's almost as if someone said to him, "Well you wrote about WWII and your presidency already so we'll just have you write something to fill in the blanks since we can capitalize off your former president status." The book is utterly pointless and convoluted. It's evident that Ike has an extensive vocabulary because he makes a point to throw in 25 dollar words which makes it ha ...more
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an "everything else" autobiography - it did not cover much of World War II and nothing of his presidency. It gave an excellent account of his life, however, from early days in Abilene Kansas through his being Supreme Commander of NATO forces in Europe.

The book was well written, and gave a glimpse of life in the rapidly changing period of history from the late 1890's to the 1950's. I was amazed at Eisenhower's rapid rise from Lt. Colonel to 4 star General in less than two years. He was a
John Devlin
What's most striking about this memoir, other than Ike's humility, is just how different the world was for a boy growing up about 100 years ago in the heartland of America. From a horse and buggy life traveling wooden boarded streets, spending weeks out camping subsisting on nothing but squirrels that needed to be caught skinned and cooked to the ability to job hop at 18 from one 12 hour 6 day a week job to another in pursuit of just a little more pay to finally being faced w/death dealing conta ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When i picked this book up at Ike's farm on a trip to Gettysburg, I had no preexisting inclination to learn about him or his presidency. None of his years in the white house are covered here, and most of WWII is glossed over. But his voice is so strong that you do feel as if you're a friend to whom he is telling these tales. His book is not only an interesting historical account of an incredible period of change in American history, but a portrait of a humble and self aware future president who ...more
Ginny Thurston
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was like sitting down with your grandpa who just told personal stories. I grew up with Ike as President, but I was too young to notice much. The story of his first son was heartbreaking...many of the stories were funny...but that one was the one that stayed with me. I kept thinking that for a general, he seemed to be a very humble and kind man. From what I have read, he was a pretty good President as well....accomplished interstate system, NATO, and NASA...kept us ...more
Jennifer Morefield
I found this book among old books my mother had read. Pres. Eisenhower told stories about his boyhood up to his nomination as President. He was a great man who, while not perfect, had great integrity. His greatest gift was his ability to communicate and his people skills. He was also patient as his career didn't always end up the way he envisioned. He was patient and did every job to the best of his ability. I enjoyed his stories and ended up thinking very highly of this great man. Am very glad ...more
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dwight Eisenhower was not an unfailingly amiable, genial gentleman but often he was all of this. This book, published two years before the President's death, is an often charming recitation of "stories I tell my friends," accounts one might have heard at a dinner with DDE. Memorable among these accounts is, Chapter 11, Through Darkest America with Truck and Tank, in which Eisenhower relates a trans-continental motor journey three decades before he became president in which he recognizes a need f ...more
Aug 03, 2011 added it
This is an autobiography of Dwight D. Eisenhower's early years, through the war years, up to his run for the presidency. What makes this book so amazing is that Eisenhower did not use a ghost writer. These are his words, expressed his way. And it makes it a great read. If you like history, especially autobiographical history, this is one of the better ones. I recommend it to those interested in the subject.
Robert Snow
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While visiting Gettysburg 20 years ago I went over to the Eisenhower Retirement home. This book tells you a lot about this boy from Kansas who rose to lead the ETO to victory and become President of the arsenal of democracy. Even in his old age and all his education he was still that boy from Kansas who loved Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour novels.
Ricko Donovan
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Dwight D Eisenhower is one of the consummate American experience. From humble beginnings in the American heartland to his ascendancy to the White House, a man who didn't take himself too seriously although he had every propensity to. A great read and his dry wit is not lost on this reader.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Surprised how much I enjoyed his writings. Eisenhower was a fairly straightforward man who added his experiences. These recounts are witha very focused, decided lense that only a lifetime can really give. These memoirs do have the feel of being with the subject in conversation- a chat with a friendly stranger.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After visiting Ike's home in Gettysburg I felt I should read this book which I have had for a while. It was an interesting, easy read- just like visiting with him. I'll go on to read Crusade in Europe.
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, nonfiction, bio, mexico
i think i may have read this 30 years ago or that could just be because i have read so many books on Ike over the years that i have seen these same stories before. Some thing were new to me or thing i had forgotten? a very pleasant days read.
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great insights into the personality of Ike. Funny that for all the changes to US social life, many of the values and flaws discussed in this book remain. Great book if you only have short bursts of time to read as it is divided into many digestible and independent chunks.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
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Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this collection of stories from our former president and general to be entertaining, interesting, and full of little tidbits and revelations I hope my mind can hang onto. I'm very glad I happened upon this book.
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a well written account of some of the notable times in his life. he comes across as an intelligent man who has strong values and put the welfare of his country above his own. i wish that i were alive during the time of his presidency.
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: presidents, history
An entertaining autobiography.
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good book, I learned a lot from it!
Don Heiman
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt as though Ike was speaking personally to me. I can't wait to see his farm at Gettysburg.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
honest, but boring
Joe Mossa
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

a wonderful book about a wonderful person. does america still have such brilliant people here who will help us ? maybe.
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd time I read this book. It's really a great look into this mans life. If you're a fan at all of Ike or Presidents or this one!
Lee Yahnker
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Except for the war stories I thoroughly enjoyed the stories told by Dwight D. Eisenhower. He revealed a lot about his childhood, family, and his life.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, learned a lot about a our 34th President and American history.
Leila Kern
I found the book rambling with no tie-in to the stories. Interesting stories but I would rather the stories were shorter to keep my attention better. Was a slow read for me.
Sep 02, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I haven't finished this book yet...will have to check it out again.
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Dwight David Eisenhower, born David Dwight Eisenhower, nicknamed "Ike", was a General of the Army (five star general) in the United States Army and U.S. politician, who served as the thirty-fourth President of the United States (1953–1961). During the Second World War, he served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe, with responsibility for planning and supervising the successful inv ...more
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