An American Hero

eBook - 2009
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Ike is acclaimed author Michael Korda's sweeping and enthralling biography of Dwight David Eisenhower, arguably America's greatest general and one of her best presidents&́#x80;”a remarkable man in an extraordinary time, the hero who won the war and thereafter kept the peace.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, HarperCollins,, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780061744969
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (800 pages)


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Corey G Brooks Jan 29, 2015

This book written, by Michael Korda is now a, justifiably depicted, footing for my work on WWII, as well as my ideas on it.The author Michael Korda depicted that the book would put one in a minstate of WWII, thereby leavening me to take the '08 GOP canidate John Mccain's advice (which I found in the USA today life section), and read "Killing Patton, by Bill O' Reily and Martin Dugard".

Mar 04, 2014

Really liked it. A very good biography.

Jun 16, 2013

Enjoyable to read biography of Dwight Eisenhower. The author is able to add many human touches to the biography which does not bog down. The main focus of this biography is WWII. Recommended for anyone who enjoys history.

Sep 28, 2010

Familiar with the wriitng of Michael Korda, I found this Biography of Presidient Eisenhower to be a very comnfortable read. Although Mr Korda Korda did not dwell at length on Ike's preidency, he captured the essentials of those 8 years.

He paints a picture of a gifted leader, a man who made the most out of situations his career placed him in. Learning all he could from Fox Conner his commander while stationed in the Panama Canal Zone gave EIsenhower the advanced training he would use thorughout his career. Sure Ike had some lucky breaks - studying dramatics, as he called it, under McArthur but he had the best training for the many command roles - Supreeme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe where he had to work at keeping his team of commanders in check.

It comes as no surprise that as president Eisenhower used all his previously acquired skills to negotiate the minefields of the early days of the cold war.

As a kid I remember my parents discussing Ike and it always seemed he was playing golf. What astomnished me reading this book was the amount of work Ike did in office. He certainly didn't want to be engaged in Viet Nam. I wonder what he would say about Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ike was no angel it seems with his close ambiguous relationship with Kay Summersby but as Korda says there is no evidence of nothing more than affection for a subordinate who made the daily grind as Supreme Commander, a little less irksome.

Korda's style is pleasant reading. He knows his subject well (at times admires Ike a but too much) and expresses himself with candor and grace. He also draws your attention to other books that cover the subject in more detail.

Unfortunately l;ike many books being published these days, there are a host of typographical errors that I find irksome. I guess proof-reading is too expensive for publishers to engage in any more. But it means you have to put on your editor's cap (A job I have done over the years) to get the sense of some sentences.

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