Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life
"An excellent book . . . D'Este's 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 D'Este 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 Ike's famous grin and air of calm self-assurance.
Unlike other biographies of the general, Eisenhower captures the true Ike, from his youth to the pinnacle of his career and afterward.
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How sad that this book is so poorly researched. This author certainly doesn't know his subject very well. I attended Peacock Military Academy in San Antonio , Texas for five years and played varsity football there for four years. This author writes of General Eisenhower, loosely quoted ..." He was asked to coach Peacock Military Academy's football team but believed that it would be beneath his dignity to do so." This is a lie. Eisenhower was a TAC officer at Peacock while he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, he was the coach of the Championship football team there in 1915. He also kept in touch with the founders sons one of them, Weley Peacock, Jr., being a member of the team. He came back to the school on occasion and reviewed the Kadets one year during parade season in the Spring. Don't believe it? Google, Dwight David Eisenhower + Peacock Military Academy and you'll find a picture of him with the team with Wesley Peacock, Jr sitting behind his left shoulder. It's sad that this author didn't get this book right or even the subjects love for a school that the author said was " beneath his dignity. " I'd sue this guy but it might be beneath my dignity.
Robert O. Good, II
PMA Class of 1967
I wish this book were available in Kindle, .pdf, or some other type of e-book configuration.