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Straightforward account of Eisenhower’s White House years. Pleasant narration. Not nearly as deep (or as long) as the Truman biography, this book provides some insight into Eisenhower’s beliefs and management style. He was a leader, not a politician. He seems to have taken an active role in international diplomacy, an area in which he had much experience. But in the case of domestic issues he relied on the advice of his staff. He was not an active promoter of civil rights, but when his Supreme Court made it the law of the land, Eisenhower provided the leadership to get it done.
We tend to think of the 50s as a simple, harmonious time – but it was anything but that. If there is nostalgia for this time, it is for the type of leader who seeks office not for self-serving purposes, but because he believes he can help shape a better nation. We could use that today.
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I just finished the audio on Eisenhower's war years, The Supreme Commander by Stephen Ambrose, a real masterpiece. This book of the presidential years seemed like a logical followup. What a disappointment!
First, the level of scholarship is far below Ambrose's work. It is much more general, lacking detail and documentation that the length of the audio implied.
Worse, this is one of the most irritating audio narrators I've heard in 30+ years of audio books. What a mismatch! This man sounds like what we used to hear in dog food commercials on TV. He spends so much effort trying to put emotion in his voice that it eds up negating the gravity of some very trying times during Ike's administration. I skipped hours of this book in an effort to learn something new about these years while minimizing the goofy narration.
A real disappointment. There are other, better books on Eisenhower with more complete information. Every other audio on Ike is bound to be read by better than this narrator.