!!> Reading ➸ Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life ➰ Author Carlo D'Este – Varanus.us

Eisenhower: A Soldier's LifeAn Excellent Book D Este S Masterly Account Comes Into Its Own The Washington Post Book WorldBorn Into Hardscrabble Poverty In Rural Kansas, The Son Of Stern Pacifists, Dwight David Eisenhower Graduated From High School Likely To Teach History Than To Make It Casting New Light On This Profound Evolution, Eisenhower Chronicles The Unlikely, Dramatic Rise Of The Supreme Allied Commander.With Full Access To Private Papers And Letters, Carlo D Este Has Exposed For The First Time The Untold Myths That Have Surrounded Eisenhower And His Family For Over Fifty Years, And Identified The Complex And Contradictory Character Behind Ike S Famous Grin And Air Of Calm Self Assurance.Unlike Other Biographies Of The General, Eisenhower Captures The True Ike, From His Youth To The Pinnacle Of His Career And Afterward.

!!> Reading ➸ Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life ➰ Author Carlo D'Este – Varanus.us
  • Paperback
  • 880 pages
  • Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life
  • Carlo D'Este
  • English
  • 14 October 2019
  • 9780805056877

    10 thoughts on “!!> Reading ➸ Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life ➰ Author Carlo D'Este – Varanus.us

  1. says:

    Eisenhower A Soldier s Life by Carlo D Este was published in 2002 and remains one of the most frequently read books on the thirty fourth president D Este is a biographer, a military historian and a retired Lt Colonel in the U.S Army He is best known for his critically acclaimed biography Patton A Genius for War Excellent in many respects, D Este s biography of Eisenhower is regrettably not comprehensive Its scope extends from Ike s birth only through mid 1945 the end of WWII in Europe and therefore misses not only his two term presidency but also his service as Army Chief of Staff and NATO Supreme Commander.The fifty five years of Eisenhower s life which D Este does cover are handled with considerable skill from both a literary and analytical perspective And his treatment of these years is extremely thorough with 705 pages of text and than 100 pages of end notes.The first half of the biography up through his move to Europe in 1942 is nothing short of fantastic These 300 pages provide the reader with an incredibly revealing look at Eisenhower s childhood as well as a surprisingly colorful and comprehensible revie...

  2. says:

    Carlo D Este is a wonderful World War II Biographer and this book is just another fine example of that I would encourage anyone with an interest in Dwight Eisenhower to read this.

  3. says:

    D Este writes an exhaustive biography of Eisenhower up to the end of the European theater of WWII in May 1945 Clearly, he spent many years working on this massive tome Exquisite detail is evident throughout the book, starting with the background of Eisenhower s father, David, continuing through Eisenhower s youth and his often contentious relationships with his several brothers, on through his years at West Point, then his glacially slow rise in the Army that culminates with him becoming General of the Army and Allied Supreme Commander The Notes section itself almost serves as supplementary reading D Este is especially good at debunking the myriad myths that have sprung up around Eisenhower from alleged fights in high school all the way to his supposed affair with Kay Summersby On the latter, D Este provides a fairly solid case to substantiate his assertion that while we can never with 100% accuracy know the truth it would be really hard to believe that an affair had indeed occurred That Eisenhower was guilty of poor judgment in the matter is beyond question I enjoyed D Este s chronicle of Eisenhower s professional frustrations over the course of his first 25 years in the Army not seeing combat in WWI, being reprimanded for his views on the importance of tank training, being chosen at certain locations because he was a good football coach, his boiling anger at being b...

  4. says:

    A good, thorough and impartial biography of Eisenhower The book focuses on his career as a soldier and military leader and thus ends immediately following the signing of the armistice in Europe I m tempted to say that, as a biography, this book isn t as good as D Este s definitive work on Patton But I m not sure it would be a fair comparison, Patton was such a mercurial figure, both grandly heroic and tragic It seems easier to reach conclusions about him.By contrast, the central question about Eisenhower is subtle Was Eisenhower, a man with no combat experience and very little troop experience, good enough military tactician and leader to deserve his place as supreme allied commander Or was he a very talented staffer whose primary skill was the military political oversight of the allied war effort, which might have been exactly what the Allies needed.D este suggests that the record shows that Eisenhower was, as he described himself, the chairman of the war effort, who perhaps had a higher opinion of his strategic leadership than he should have But D Este never begins to answer the question of whether Eisenhower s military short comings prolonged the war in Europe and resulting in t...

  5. says:

    Eisenhower A soldier s Life was my first introduction to Carlo D Este and he didn t disappoint although I would say that he is likely not my favorite author that still is no discredit to his ability His writing flowed well and felt like a story and he really brought Ike s life alive The book itself covers between Ike s birth and youth all the way to the end of World War 2, which, to me is a rather strange layout and it does not appear that he will be making a book about Eisenhowers later years in a sequel so it was kind of awkward in that sense It also strikes me as odd that there isn t written on him, although I suppose there isn t nearly as much to write given Ike s military career was relatively boring so to speak and calm as he did not see nearly as much action as MacArthur or Patton or arguably Marshall It was also quite interesting in this book to see how brilliant Ike really was as a soldier while also interesting after reading the biographies of MacArthur and seeing in them, his relationship with Ike, to then see the perspective of Ike toward MacArthur and their relationship on the other foot Definitely made a reassess your opinion It was also interesting to see how D Este subtly posed the question of if Ike ...

  6. says:

    D Este delivered a very good account of Eisenhower s life and career up to the end VE Day It does not go past 1945 and into his years as president That doesn t in any way diminish his effort He gives sufficient coverage of his childhood, time at West Point, and his marriage to Mamie World War II, of course, constitutes the bulk of the book My only criticism is that a major theme of the book is that too much is made of the dislike between the American and British generals It seems that the focus at times is to play up the arguments, disagreements, and jealousies between them This tone usually spills over to disdain for Eisenhower, and it comes from all directions In fact, sometimes the reader is left with feeling that nobody really thought Ike was a capable commander at all All this maybe true, but the other side of the coin, which ...

  7. says:

    D Este does a fantastic job, not only capturing Eisenhower the man, but also in presenting and analyzing the Western Allies struggle against the Axis, and each other, in World War II I admit to only reading the 35...

  8. says:

    Great to get to know a romanticized hero his dark periods, insecurities, development, career path, character and childhood With awesome hindsight the author often discusses single events from different perspectives based on how the k...

  9. says:

    Well Done This is the most comprehensive and even handed history of one of the greatest periods of the 20th Century A human icing description of the man and his immediate staff..

  10. says:

    Wow I read part of this book as a student of the US Army War College and was so mesmerized, I bought my own copy and look forward to reading the rest of it.

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