Acclaimed historian Paul Johnson’s lively, succinct biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower explores how his legacy endures today. In the rousing style he’s famous for, celebrated historian Paul Johnson offers a fascinating biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower, focusing particularly on his years as a five-star general and his two terms as president of the United States.
Johnson chronicles Ike’s modest childhood in Kansas, his college years at West Point, and his rapid ascent through the military ranks, culminating in his appointment as supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II. Johnson then paints a rich portrait of Ike’s presidency, exploring his volatile relationship with Vice President Nixon, his abhorrence of isolationism, and his position on the cold war, McCarthyism, and the civil rights movement.
Many elements of Eisenhower’s presidency speak to American politics today, including his ability to balance the budget, his skill in managing an oppositional Congress, and his warnings about the military-industrial complex. This brief yet comprehensive portrait will appeal to biography lovers as well as to enthusiasts of presidential history and military history alike.
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Quick and to the point!
I like how it stays to the major points and doesn't wonder away from it.
Not sure if I have listened to him before.
It is a quick down and dirty biography that covers the majors aspects of his life without any extra frill. A good book if you want a solid outline of Eisenhower's life.
- Grant Wentworth
They Don't Make them Like this Anymore
This is a good book. It's narration is appropriate and the length was just long enough to accomplish what the author set out to do: give a brief biographical sketch of the man who led the Allies to victory on D-Day and went on to become President of the United States. I did not know much about Eisenhower prior to my listening to this 4.5 hour book. The author, Paul Johnson, is an excellent historian, and I respect his work because he tends to be conservative, which I think is a good quality when reading and studying history. Listen to this if you want to know more about the man who set the tone for America in the 1950's and coined the term "Military-Industrial Complex." You'll be glad you did!
- Jack "I listen to history, philosophy and theology books while commuting two hours a day. In my spare time, I teach philosophy and read some more"