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  1. Peter Beck Peter Beck says:

    Carlo D Este s Eisenhower is nothing less than a tour de force It reminded me of reading the first volume of Edmond Morris s masterful TR trilogy The only downside is that D Este s ends rather abruptly with Ike accepting Nazi Germany s surrender in May 1945 and he has not written a sequel, so you will have to look elsewhere to learn about Ike s presidency and the fate of the fascinating people around him However, reading this only child brings many rewards, including a unique perspective on Carlo D Este s Eisenhower is nothing less than a tour de force It reminded me of reading the first volume of Edmond Morris s masterful TR trilogy The only downside is that D Este s ends rather abruptly with Ike accepting Nazi Germany s surrender in May 1945 and he has not written a sequel, so you will have to look elsewhere to learn about Ike s presidency and the fate of the fascinating people around him However, reading this only child brings many rewards, including a unique perspective on Ike s life, deep insights into World War II, scrupulous objectivity, and fascinating details missing from shorter biographies.I opted for the long version of Ike s life for several reasons I don t remember ever discussing politics with my maternal grandparents, so imagine my surprise when I opened a box of pins I inherited and the only ones of a political nature declared, I like Ike I was also interested in Ike s family background because it is similar to my own Like Ike s father, both of my grandfathers ancestors immigrated to America from southern Germany in the mid 1700s and settled in Pennsylvania before moving West in the 1800s Eisenhower the original spelling was Eisenhauer, which means ironcutter is the second of three German Americans to become president Sadly, the other two, Hoover Huber and Trump Drumpf , are two of the worst presidents America has ever had I was also curious as to how someone raised by pacifist Mennonite parents could become, as one of his five brothers put it, a professional killer Reading Eisenhower, I learned of a second great irony Ike s father still spoke German in my family it died out one or two generations earlier , which made Ike s visceral hatred of his ancestral homeland all thefascinating The Brits were very much aware of Ike s origins, calling the area near one of his homes in London Eisenhower Platz Ike s childhood was much like Harry Truman s Both were the sons of poor Midwestern farmers who tried and failed to go into business Neither family could afford to send their bright and hard working sons to college, so Ike chose West Point Ironically, Truman was in combat in World War I while Ike was never even sent, possibly due to a bad knee Not only did Ike never see combat, he never led troops into action his troop commands were brief and stateside I had no idea you could still become a general, much less a four star general.D Este is the first professional soldier turned presidential historian that I have read, so he provides a unique perspective and window on Ike s military career I have given lectures at American military bases around the world, but I had no idea what it was like to live on one, not to mention attend a service academy or advanced training program.The second half of D Este s 700 pages of main text focuses on Ike s role in World War II Having published several books on the European theater and a biography of Patton, D Este is ideally suited to telling this story It is heavy on battles, but D Este is adept at intertwining the military engagements with Ike s personal life, including his roller coaster marriage with Mamie Dowd, frigid relationship with his father and only surviving son, emotional entanglement with his Irish driver, Kay Summersby there is no evidence of a physical relationship , never ending clashes with his prima donna generals and the antics of one very cute little black Scottie.I came away being less impressed with Ike than I thought I would be No doubt, Ike had great ability, charisma and commitment He faced brutally difficult decisions like D Day and daunting alliance management issues For starters, Churchill was an irresistible force that required an immovable object like Ike De Gaulle was evenvexing I think my disappointment is because D Este does not shy away from discussing Ike s personal shortcomings like a raging temper or numerous military failures Our heroes are indeed all too human At one point Ike meets with George Marshall wondering if he still has a job, only to find out he is getting another star This would not be the first or last example D Este cites of a general being promoted for failure Like Morris s TR trilogy, this is a two bookmark book as many of the footnotes are fascinating A plea to publishers Why can t you put them on the actual page where they appear rather than as endnotes D Este does not use obscure words like Morris, but his use of military terminology and acronyms sure would benefit from a couple of explanatory pages at the outset quick Which hassoldiers, a brigade or a regiment A collection of short bios would also be a huge help One final nit pick There are a number of minor errors, including the first map, which mixes up Morocco and Algeria In many ways, D Este s tome is the perfect follow up to French s FDR and McCullough s Truman World War II looks completely different from the perspective of a war fighter than a president I also had no idea of the complexities involved in managing the alliance with the Brits Ike spent muchtime with Churchill than FDR and Truman combined They each had a handfull of meetings Ike and Winnie met weekly for a year and at least every few weeks for twoyears Marshall a high school bears his name a few miles from my house also comes across very differently as Ike s boss than as one of FDR and Truman s most trusted advisors On the other hand, Douglas MacArthur comes across just as badly as he did in Truman I think I will give away my copy of American Caesar So what comes next I plan to read Ambrose s Eisenhower for the period 1945 1960 and then Newton s Eisenhower The White House Years Sometimes, you gotta make your own trilogy


  2. Steve Steve says:

    Eisenhower A Soldier s Life by Carlo D Este was published in 2002 and remains one of the most frequently read books on the thirty fourth president D Este is a biographer, a military historian and a retired Lt Colonel in the U.S Army He is best known for his critically acclaimed biography Patton A Genius for War Excellent in many respects, D Este s biography of Eisenhower is regrettably not comprehensive Its scope extends from Ike s birth only th Eisenhower A Soldier s Life by Carlo D Este was published in 2002 and remains one of the most frequently read books on the thirty fourth president D Este is a biographer, a military historian and a retired Lt Colonel in the U.S Army He is best known for his critically acclaimed biography Patton A Genius for War Excellent in many respects, D Este s biography of Eisenhower is regrettably not comprehensive Its scope extends from Ike s birth only through mid 1945 the end of WWII in Europe and therefore misses not only his two term presidency but also his service as Army Chief of Staff and NATO Supreme Commander.The fifty five years of Eisenhower s life which D Este does cover are handled with considerable skill from both a literary and analytical perspective And his treatment of these years is extremely thorough with 705 pages of text andthan 100 pages of end notes.The first half of the biography up through his move to Europe in 1942 is nothing short of fantastic These 300 pages provide the reader with an incredibly revealing look at Eisenhower s childhood as well as a surprisingly colorful and comprehensible review of his otherwise tedious thirty year military career preceding World War II.Hardly a paragraph and never a page passes by without a deeply relevant or particularly insightful observation or conclusion A complete biography as good as these thirty chapters would undoubtedly rate among the top five or six presidential biographies I ve ever read.The second half of D Este s biography covers Eisenhower s military service in Europe beginning with his command of operations in North Africa in 1942 Faran operational analysis of the war than a biography, these chapters are always informative and often interesting but attention is frequently diverted away from the main character in favor of tactical and strategic matters.Many events outside Eisenhower s sphere are discussed extensively but never linked to Eisenhower in a meaningful way Yet critical figures who do not directly interact with Ike frequently such as FDR rarely appear at all Students of military history will find this portion of the book fascinating and possibly invaluable but Eisenhower is sometimes lost in the fog of war, both literally and figuratively.On the whole, D Este s treatment of his subject is positive but judicious He is rarely reluctant to censure Ike for his hot temper, lack of warmth toward his family or his inexplicable lack of strategic and tactical vision on the battlefield But the author s handling of the Kay Summersby topic is curious he largely absolves Ike but is far too defensive in the process and Mamie Eisenhower feels remarkably one dimensional.Overall, Carlo D Este is demonstrably a skilled military historian and an excellent biographer Eisenhower A Soldier s Life is a great biography of the first 52 years of Ike s life followed by a compelling analysis of the European theatre during World War II It is unfortunate D Este was unable to pursue Eisenhower through his presidency as a result, this book proves noor less than an invaluable study of Eisenhower s early years and an informative review of his military career.Overall rating 4 stars


  3. David Shaffer David Shaffer says:

    Carlo D Este is a wonderful World War II Biographer and this book is just another fine example of that I would encourage anyone with an interest in Dwight Eisenhower to read this.


  4. Aaron Million Aaron Million says:

    D Este writes an exhaustive biography of Eisenhower up to the end of the European theater of WWII in May 1945 Clearly, he spent many years working on this massive tome Exquisite detail is evident throughout the book, starting with the background of Eisenhower s father, David, continuing through Eisenhower s youth and his often contentious relationships with his several brothers, on through his years at West Point, then his glacially slow rise in the Army that culminates with him becoming Gener D Este writes an exhaustive biography of Eisenhower up to the end of the European theater of WWII in May 1945 Clearly, he spent many years working on this massive tome Exquisite detail is evident throughout the book, starting with the background of Eisenhower s father, David, continuing through Eisenhower s youth and his often contentious relationships with his several brothers, on through his years at West Point, then his glacially slow rise in the Army that culminates with him becoming General of the Army and Allied Supreme Commander The Notes section itself almost serves as supplementary reading D Este is especially good at debunking the myriad myths that have sprung up around Eisenhower from alleged fights in high school all the way to his supposed affair with Kay Summersby On the latter, D Este provides a fairly solid case to substantiate his assertion that while we can never with 100% accuracy know the truth it would be really hard to believe that an affair had indeed occurred That Eisenhower was guilty of poor judgment in the matter is beyond question I enjoyed D Este s chronicle of Eisenhower s professional frustrations over the course of his first 25 years in the Army not seeing combat in WWI, being reprimanded for his views on the importance of tank training, being chosen at certain locations because he was a good football coach, his boiling anger at being branded a staff officer who has no combat experience when he just wanted to command troops, his toiling under Douglas MacArthur s massive ego, and finally when he achieves the ultimate recognition by General George Marshall and FDR his constant attempts to keep the Allies together D Este s depictions of Eisenhower s relationships with all of the relevant players in WWII combine to provide an excellent character study of Eisenhower Despite the many mistakes that he made and there were a plethora of them , somehow he managed to hold everything together and come out victorious I seriously question how many people could realistically have accomplished what he did, and did it so admirably D Este, while certainly admiring of Eisenhower s deft handling of many gigantic egos Churchill, Patton, MacArthur, Bradley, Montgomery, de Gaulle, FDR , provides a balanced portrait of Eisenhower in relation to his family He always put his family a distinct second place to his career While not necessarily treating his wife, Mamie, poorly, he was not husband of the year either His relationship with his son, John, was strained and difficult with Eisenhower either unwilling or incapable of expressing his true feelings to his son Eisenhower had this same problem on a professional basis with Patton unable to compliment and acknowledge accomplishments Eisenhower refused to fly back to Kansas to attend his father s funeral, this prior to Eisenhower being named a commander in Europe He could have went back he chose not to, for reasons only he knew Originally, I was going to rate this book three stars because of the following I aminterested in Eisenhower s presidential years than his military years, and this biography contains none of that time period I read it to gain a better insight into him as a person the book abruptly ends with the surrender of Germany D Este does not discuss the difficulties Eisenhower faced in troop reduction in Europe, not does he discuss his later time as Chief of Staff and then commander of NATO along with the quick ending, we get no sense of how Eisenhower really felt at the end, and what his feelings were on finally being able to return to the U.S and, I would have liked to have seen D Este discuss briefly Eisenhower s post war relationships with the people that he worked so closely with throughout the war Despite those things, D Este deserves better than three stars simply because he invested so much into this book and he made it eminently readable


  5. Todd Todd says:

    A good, thorough and impartial biography of Eisenhower The book focuses on his career as a soldier and military leader and thus ends immediately following the signing of the armistice in Europe I m tempted to say that, as a biography, this book isn t as good as D Este s definitive work on Patton But I m not sure it would be a fair comparison, Patton was such a mercurial figure, both grandly heroic and tragic It seems easier to reach conclusions about him.By contrast, the central question abo A good, thorough and impartial biography of Eisenhower The book focuses on his career as a soldier and military leader and thus ends immediately following the signing of the armistice in Europe I m tempted to say that, as a biography, this book isn t as good as D Este s definitive work on Patton But I m not sure it would be a fair comparison, Patton was such a mercurial figure, both grandly heroic and tragic It seems easier to reach conclusions about him.By contrast, the central question about Eisenhower issubtle Was Eisenhower, a man with no combat experience and very little troop experience, good enough military tactician and leader to deserve his place as supreme allied commander Or was he a very talented staffer whose primary skill was the military political oversight of the allied war effort, which might have been exactly what the Allies needed.D este suggests that the record shows that Eisenhower was, as he described himself, the chairman of the war effort, who perhaps had a higher opinion of his strategic leadership than he should have But D Este never begins to answer the question of whether Eisenhower s military short comings prolonged the war in Europe and resulting in the needless deaths ofsoldiers on all sides Granted that this is a huge, and ultimately unanswerable question, but the answer seems central to evaluating Eisenhower s WWII leadership.One of the interesting aspects of this book is that we see traits here that later play out in Eisenhower s political career Notably, Eisenhower s unwillingness to personally challenge and relieve Lloyd Frendenall after the disaster at Kasserine Pass, his relief of Terry Allen, the effective but unpolished commander of the big red one, and his discomfort working with generals who were not part of his personal clique Together, these points suggest a man who was not as secure in his command authority as he should have been or as he might have been if he d hadtime in lesser command positions When one looks at Eisenhower the politician, one clearly sees these traits come out again in Eisenhower s multiple failures to confront Senator Joe McCarthy and in the selection and handling of his vice president, Richard Nixon Though in places it seemed rushed and the book definitely needed a better editor, once again, D Este shows his skills as a biographer and his knowledge and understanding of the western front during WWII Overall this is a worthwhile read


  6. Andrew Dockrill Andrew Dockrill says:

    Eisenhower A soldier s Life was my first introduction to Carlo D Este and he didn t disappoint although I would say that he is likely not my favorite author that still is no discredit to his ability His writing flowed well and felt like a story and he really brought Ike s life alive The book itself covers between Ike s birth and youth all the way to the end of World War 2, which, to me is a rather strange layout and it does not appear that he will be making a book about Eisenhowers later ye Eisenhower A soldier s Life was my first introduction to Carlo D Este and he didn t disappoint although I would say that he is likely not my favorite author that still is no discredit to his ability His writing flowed well and felt like a story and he really brought Ike s life alive The book itself covers between Ike s birth and youth all the way to the end of World War 2, which, to me is a rather strange layout and it does not appear that he will be making a book about Eisenhowers later years in a sequel so it was kind of awkward in that sense It also strikes me as odd that there isn twritten on him, although I suppose there isn t nearly as much to write given Ike s military career was relatively boring so to speak and calm as he did not see nearly as much action as MacArthur or Patton or arguably Marshall It was also quite interesting in this book to see how brilliant Ike really was as a soldier while also interesting after reading the biographies of MacArthur and seeing in them, his relationship with Ike, to then see the perspective of Ike toward MacArthur and their relationship on the other foot Definitely made a reassess your opinion It was also interesting to see how D Este subtly posed the question of if Ike was in fact that right man for the job to command the operations of Torch and Husky and Overlord given that he had always been an office soldier and having no real experience commanding men I personally come down on the side that while Ike may not have been as in command or authoritative or decisive as perhaps Alan Brooke or Montgomery and tended to put the British as priority over the Americans in leading operations which Patton and Marshall didn t like, he definitely brought a very diplomatic approach as the commander which proved to be to their benefit I did not score the book higher not out of lack of enthusiasm for the writer and his abilities but rather I felt the story kind of shifted gears at the commencement of World War 2 and D Este almost seemed to have changed his approach to the writing no longer making it as a story style but rather breaking the war down tactically at least it seemed to me which kind of slowed the book down a little


  7. Rich Torreson Rich Torreson says:

    D Este delivered a very good account of Eisenhower s life and career up to the end VE Day It does not go past 1945 and into his years as president That doesn t in any way diminish his effort He gives sufficient coverage of his childhood, time at West Point, and his marriage to Mamie World War II, of course, constitutes the bulk of the book My only criticism is that a major theme of the book is that too much is made of the dislike between the American and British generals It seems that the D Este delivered a very good account of Eisenhower s life and career up to the end VE Day It does not go past 1945 and into his years as president That doesn t in any way diminish his effort He gives sufficient coverage of his childhood, time at West Point, and his marriage to Mamie World War II, of course, constitutes the bulk of the book My only criticism is that a major theme of the book is that too much is made of the dislike between the American and British generals It seems that the focus at times is to play up the arguments, disagreements, and jealousies between them This tone usually spills over to disdain for Eisenhower, and it comes from all directions In fact, sometimes the reader is left with feeling that nobody really thought Ike was a capable commander at all All this maybe true, but the other side of the coin, which isn t conveyed at all by the author, is that there was a tremendous amount of collaborative effort between the two allies that emanated from great, mutual respect between Roosevelt and Churchill The reader is left with wondering how anything ever got accomplished because nobody agreed on anything


  8. Iain Iain says:

    D Este does a fantastic job, not only capturing Eisenhower the man, but also in presenting and analyzing the Western Allies struggle against the Axis, and each other, in World War II I admit to only reading the 350 odd pages after the Torch landings in Africa, but they left we wanting to readby D Este, and that s high praise indeed.


  9. Jens Jens says:

    Great to get to know a romanticized hero his dark periods, insecurities, development, career path, character and childhood With awesome hindsight the author often discusses single events from different perspectives based on how the key players noted it in their own diary it were different times, but it were epic times.


  10. GARR M. JONES GARR M. JONES says:

    Well Done This is the most comprehensive and even handed history of one of the greatest periods of the 20th Century A human icing description of the man and his immediate staff..


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Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life ➳ [Reading] ➶ Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life By Carlo D'Este ➩ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk An excellent book D Este s masterly account comes into its own The Washington Post Book WorldBorn into hardscrabble poverty in rural Kansas, the son of stern pacifists, Dwight David Eisenhower graduat An excellent book D Este s masterly account comes into its own The Washington Post Book WorldBorn into hardscrabble poverty in rural Kansas, the son of stern pacifists, Dwight David Eisenhower graduated from high school 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 commanderWith full access to private papers and letters, Carlo D Este has exposed for the first time Eisenhower: A PDF/EPUB or 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 assuranceUnlike other biographies of the general, Eisenhower captures the true Ike, from his youth to the pinnacle of his career and afterward.

  • Paperback
  • 880 pages
  • Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life
  • Carlo D'Este
  • English
  • 23 June 2019
  • 0805056874

About the Author: Carlo D'Este

Carlo D Este retired from the US Army as a lieutenant colonel in , having served overseas in Germany, Vietnam, and England Born in Oakland, California, he received his BA from Norwich University and his MA from the University of Richmond and an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Norwich in .