Eisenhower in war and peace book review

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BookTV: Jean Edward Smith, "Eisenhower in War and Peace"

Eisenhower in War and Peace

Eisenhower would never have been that blunt in public. Born in , he grew up in poverty; his dour father, a failure in business, practiced a grim variety of Christianity so off-putting that Ike did not join a church until after he was inaugurated as president and then only because he deemed it politically necessary. He displayed those qualities as a career soldier, compensating for his lack of combat experience World War I ended as he was about to embark for France by making himself indispensable to a series of powerful mentors who accelerated his rise in the peacetime army. By the time Eisenhower arrived in Washington one week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to work for Army Chief of Staff George Marshall, he was known as a hard-working officer with formidable executive abilities. His service in the War Plans Division, including a draft proposal for the invasion of Normandy prompted Marshall to appoint Eisenhower supreme commander of the European theater. His honesty fostered respect and confidence among the Allied senior command, forging the unity that was essential for victory. Eisenhower emerged from the war a national hero and obvious presidential candidate, though he coyly brushed aside such speculation.

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Dwight D. Like Ulysses S. Grant, another general to make it to the White House, Ike won elections easily, but did not rise to the responsibilities these thrust upon him. Jean Edward Smith challenged that argument about Grant in a well-received biography published a decade ago: Grant had been a better president than contemporaries or previous biographers realized, Smith maintained. Apart from Franklin D.

T rouble was already brewing in Morningside Heights when Dwight Eisenhower arrived to succeed Nicholas Murray Butler as president of Columbia in the spring of What stands out about this letter, aside from its decisiveness and commonsensicality, is the quality of the writing. His mind was steady and judicious, not incandescent and original. It is unjust, then, that the man who led Allied troops to victory in World War II and managed eight years of peace and steadily rising prosperity as president should so often be cast as an eponym of mid-twentieth-century American incuriosity. Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Although he left few traces at Columbia, Eisenhower put the University — which had been suffering from poor fundraising and a dwindling endowment — back on a solid financial footing, unified the campus by getting the city to close th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, and impressed a faculty that included Jacques Barzun and Richard Hofstadter with his command of history. Smith served as an infantry officer in Berlin in the s and has written biographies of Ulysses S.

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