The Supreme Commander

  • by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by Richard Ferrone
  • 32 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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.

Ambrose is simply amazing in his research and writing. Ferrone accomplished a phenomenal narration and brought this to life.
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- officerdicky

Great character story from WW2

This book should be a Netflix or HBO show. They just do a great job telling the story of Eisenhower and all of the characters around him that shaped the war. I had just finished Nigel Hamilton's "Mantle of Command" and "Commander in Chief" before listening to this one and this is like the perfect companion book to go with those or vice versa. Those FDR books focus more on Roosevelt and Marshall's struggles with Churchill and the BCOS over policy, while "The Supreme Commander" deals more with all of the in the field problems that went into planning and carrying out all of the major campaigns in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. It stays away from being overly tactical and does a nice job of focusing on the human element of these operations. Great book and even at 30hrs it flew by.
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- Pat-CT

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio