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Eisenhower: A Soldiers Life Carlo DEste 0805056874 9780805056877 An excellent book . . . DEstes masterly account comes into its own. The Washington Post Book World Born into hardscrabble poverty in rural Kansas, the son of stern p
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Eisenhower: A Soldiers Life by Carlo DEste

An excellent book . . . DEstes masterly account comes into its own. The Washington Post Book World Born into hardscrabble poverty in rural Kansas, the son of stern pacifists, Dwight David Eisenhower graduated from high school more likely to teach history than to make it. Casting new light on this profound evolution, Eisenhower chronicles the unlikely, dramatic rise of the supreme Allied commander. With full access to private papers and letters, Carlo DEste has exposed for the first time the untold myths that have surrounded Eisenhower and his family for over fifty years, and identified the complex and contradictory character behind Ikes famous grin and air of calm self-assurance. Unlike other biographies of the general,Eisenhowercaptures the true Ike, from his youth to the pinnacle of his career and afterward. Carlo DEste, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and a distinguished military historian, is the author ofPatton: A Genius for Warand three other books on World War II, all of which received high praise. He lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. ANew York TimesNotable Book Born to hardscrabble poverty in rural Kansas, the son of stern pacifists, Dwight Daid Eisenhower graduated from high school more likely to teach history than to make it. With full access to his private papers and letters, Carlo DEste, the bestselling author ofPatton: A Genius for War, traces Eisenhowers meteoric rise to high command and identifies the complex and contradictor character behind Ikes famous grin and air of calm self-assurance. After four years at West Pointwhere he jeopardized his career by repeatedly flouting academy rulesIke graduated to the grim hardships of army postings in the South and Washington, D. C., and in the Philippines and the steamy jungles of Panama, which tested his sometimes troubled marriage as well as threatening his professional future. DEste chronicles Ikes introduction to the inner sanctums of the War Department and Whitehall, his painful apprenticeship on the battlefields of the Mediteranean, the courageous D-Day decision, and the bloody and controversial battles of north-west Europe in 1944-1945. For the first time DEste dispels the myths that have surrounded Eisenhower and his family since he first became a public persona. With fresh insight, he probes Eisenhowers clashes with Montgomery and the British chiefs of staff, his enigmatic relations with Churchill, and his encounters with many legendary figures of the century including FDR, George C. Marshall, George S. Patton, and Charles de Gaulle. We learn also the truth behind his much-publicized romance with his wartime driver, Kay Summersby. As the story of Eisenhowers life through V-E Day in 1945 is unveiled, it becomes evident that no amount of training or experience could have fully prepared him for the most challenging role given to any offtcer in World War II. His tenacious resolve to fight an allied war was the indispensable glue that made the joint military venture successtul. That he was equal to the task is now virtually taken for granted; however, during those desperate years nothing was certain. Based on tive years of primary research, Carlo DEstes riveting a appraisal reveals a man of surprising complexity: A born optimist who always expected to win, Eisenhower was also a master manipulator who often concealed an intelligence as sharp and icy as any. And in the hours before D-Day, beset with concern for his men, Ike seemed like the loneliest man in the world. As he remarked to Kay Summersby, Its hard to look a soldier in the eye when you fear you are sending him to his death. A refreshing attempt to understand the soldier . . . DEste brings to his subject both a deep understanding of W

Author: Carlo DEste

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 880

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

Publication Date: 2003-05-15

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