In this classic portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower the soldier, best-selling historian Stephen E. Ambrose examines the Allied commander's leadership during World War II.
Ambrose brings Eisenhower's experience of the Second World War to life, showing in vivid detail how the general's skill as a diplomat and a military strategist contributed to Allied successes in North Africa and in Europe and established him as one of the greatest military leaders in the world. Ambrose, then the associate editor of the general's official papers, analyzes Eisenhower's difficult military decisions and his often complicated relationships with powerful personalities like Churchill, de Gaulle, Roosevelt, and Patton. This is the definitive account of Eisenhower's evolution as a military leader - from its dramatic beginnings through his time at the top post of Allied command.
"Extraordinarily fascinating.... General Dwight Eisenhower comes remarkably alive." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Ambrose is that rare breed: an historian with true passion for his subjects." (Ken Burns)
"Ambrose should be assigned a special, honored place among modern historians.... All of us who write or read history are in his debt." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
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If you love military history... this.
Superb History and Narration
THE definitive account of Eisenhower's war years from one of America's preeminent military historians. Stephen Ambrose ably describes the challenges he faced from both allies and the enemy in the planning, coordinating and leading of allied forces to victory in Europe. This is not your book if you're looking for tactical battle descriptions. But if you want to get inside Eisenhower's head and appreciate the complexity of theater-level staff planning, holding allies together, and the lonely pressures of high command, you will love this book.
Ambrose provides great insight into how Eisenhower held the alliance together, dealing with the conflicting and oren-egotistical personalities of allied leaders such as Patton, Montgomery, and DeGaulle. He gives the impression that Eisenhower had to fight his allies as much as he fought the Germans.
Great narration -- Richard Ferrone has a clipped, military style that's entirely appropriate for this book.
You can't tell this story in one sitting -- at 30 hours, it's not a short "read".
I found myself consulting WW2 maps of the European theater in order to follow Ambrose's descriptions of the various theaters and planning, and would have liked to have an allied "order of battle" listing to follow . This is the only disadvantage of an audiobook for topics like this, versus having an actual book which would probably contain maps and appendices.