In this admiring and enormously readable revision/condensation of his acclaimed two-volume biography, published in 1983 and 1984, Ambrose reminds us that this "great and good man" was the most successful general of the greatest war ever fought and the only president of this century to preside over eight years of peace and prosperity. Tracing Eisenhower's family background, education, military and political careers, and influence as elder statesman, the author chronicles Eisenhower's triumphs and failures and at the same time provides a vivid picture of the off-duty Ike. As Allied Supreme Commander, he is revealed once again as a coalition leader of extraordinary ability (and "an intensely alive human being who enjoyed his job immensely"). As our 34th president, he was a statesman who guided the free world through one of the most dangerous decades of the Cold War. Ambrose argues that Eisenhower has much to say to us today on such fundamental issues as national defense, arms expenditures, the importance of a balanced budget and the desirability of a United States of Europe with an all-European army. This is the definitive one-volume biography of Eisenhower.
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Publishers Weekly The definitive one-volume biography of Eisenhower.
Robert J. Donovan The best book to date on its subject....Of Eisenhower's high rank on the list of presidents there can he little doubt.
John Keegan A magnificent biography.
James MacGregor Bums Fascinating....An important case study in military and political leader ship.
He shouldered a tremendous amount of responsibility during WWII. The consequence of his decision were far reaching. There is a lot to learn from the man and his leadership. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bernard Barbe
I have no doubt the two volume bio deserve the praise, but sadly this compilation is seriously lacking. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2011 by Yanick Dube
If you are only going to read one biography about Eisenhower, this one-volume version by Stephen Ambrose is the one to choose. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by A. Staggers
This is a wonderful book, easy to read and very inspiring. Ike was a qunitesential american from the midwest who rose to the pinnacle of american power. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2003 by Seth J. Frantzman
You can tell that Stephen Ambrose truly likes and admires his subject, Dwight Eisenhower, yet he's able to present a very balanced sketch of the 34th President in "Eisenhower:... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2002 by kelly6228
The book was good, but Ambrose seems to skip around the timeline within chapters which makes some confusion. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2002 by Michael R. Henke
I admit a favorable bias toward anything Ambrose writes. True to form, this biogrpahy is meticulously researched and detailed. Read morePublished on June 25 2001 by Jay
The beginning is the beginning of any average American biography. Born in the small town of Abilene, Kansas, raised by a warm family, and decides to attend West Point. Read morePublished on June 19 2001 by Brian