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Author: John S. D. Eisenhower Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9780743568715
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John S. D. Eisenhower modestly explains General Ike as "a son's view of a great military leader -- highly intelligent, strong, forceful, kind, yet as human as the rest of us." It is that, and more: a portrait of the greatest Allied military leader of the Second World War, by the man who knew Ike best.

General Ike is a book that John Eisenhower always knew he had to write, a tribute from an affectionate and admiring son to a great father. John chose to write about the "military Ike," as opposed to the "political Ike," because Ike cared far more about his career in uniform than about his time in the White House.

Portraits of Ike's relations with soldiers and statesmen, from MacArthur to Patton to Montgomery to Churchill to de Gaulle, reveal the many facets of a driven, headstrong, yet diplomatic leader. They reveal a man who was brilliant, if flawed; naÏve at times in dealing with the public, yet who never lost his head when others around him were losing theirs. Above all, General Ike was a man who never let up in the relentless pursuit of the destruction of Hitler.

Ike managed to pull together history's greatest invasion force and to face down a determined enemy from Normandy to the Bulge and beyond. John Eisenhower masterfully uses the backdrop of Ike's key battles to paint a portrait of his father and his relationships with the great men of his time.

General Ike is a ringing and inspiring testament to a great man by an accomplished historian. It is also a personal portrait of a caring, if not always available, father by his admiring son. It is history at its best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With all of the other books on Eisenhower, none had the advantage of being written by his son. John Eisenhower brings to us a far more intimate picture of the great man, even including a foible or two that others missed. The accounts of his not-always-untroubled relationship with the other top echelon heroes of World War II are engaging stuff.”

    Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist

  • “Both an affectionate and respectful testimony and an honest and insightful portrayal of Ike’s character and the vital personal realtionships which enabled Ike to shape the world during a ciritical period…General Ike rings true!”

    General Wesley K. Clark, author of Waging Modern War

  • “This thoroughly worthwhile memoir recalls the author’s father in his association with various distinguished soldiers and statesmen of the past century…The author paints no one in rosy hues, not even his father, and his research puts them all in their proper context.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The author, Dwight Eisenhower’s only child (an older son died in infancy), was a West Point cadet during World War II who occasionally visited his father during the titanic conflict. Combining his personal vantage point with his insights as a notable military historian in his own right, Eisenhower here discusses a gallery of Ike’s famed associates: George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall, Bernard Montgomery, and Winston Churchill. The author met all of them and incorporates his personal observations into the more detached descriptions of their influence on or interaction with his father’s rise to command the Allies in Europe…With such personalities plus the author’s perspective on historical disputes, these recollections are sure to find an eager audience.”


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About the Author

John S. D. Eisenhower, a graduate of West Point, a retired Brigadier General in the Army Reserve, and the former American ambassador to Belgium, is also the author of seven books, including the bestseller The Bitter Woods, Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott, Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I and General Ike about his father, former US President, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.