Bullet points of interest that I jotted down in the front of the book:
- he had to deal with prima donna generals like Montgomery (huge jerk) and George Patton.
- Love triangle? Ike, Kay Summersby and Mamie (wife)
- Korda makes constant comparisons to the Civil War such as Bastogne-Gettysburg and Ike-Grant.
- During the war, he was a huge chain smoker - up to 4 packs a day!
- He is not buried in Arlington Cemetery, but rather in a small chapel on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Library in his hometown of Abilene, Kansas.
- Leader of US Occupying Forces in Germany
- Army Chief of Staff (replaced Marshall)
- President of Columbia University
- 1st Commander of NATO forces
- President of the United States for 2 terms
- Crusade in Europe
- At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends
- White House Years: Waging Peace, 1956-1961
- 6 Volume History of World War II
This is the second Ambrose book I've read - the first was Band of Brothers. I really like his writing: clear, concise and interesting. He gives an unbiased accounting of Eisenhower's good and bad decisions as General and President.
What I learned:
- Nixon was his VP for 8 years. They had a formal, frosty relationship.
- Eisenhower ended the Korean War with an armistice. He could not see a way to win without WWIII and a battle with the Russians.
- He did not get sucked into other escalating areas such as Vietnam and Cuba.
- President over 8 years of peace and prosperity.
- He did not assert leadership during the Civil Rights Movement (I found this surprising).
- U-2 incident (spy plane over Russia) which ended in international embarrassment.
- D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II
- Citizen Soldiers
- The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II
- Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals
- The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany
A quick read about a ruthless German spy in Egypt feeding information to Rommel, a British spy-catcher and a beautiful Jewess.
This fictitious account reminds me of his other recently read works: Hornet Flight and Eye of Needle.
This book was referenced in Korda's biography on Ike, so I downloaded a sample, got hooked, bought the i-book and finished in a couple of days.
It is based on the true life account of the post-war activities of a ruthless SS officer, Otto Skorzeny, who set up "Odessa, the escape network for Nazi war criminals".
Awards: 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Novel
I needed a break from WWII and felt hungry for good literary fiction. I plucked this from my shelves and was hooked from the start.
The first book in her trilogy about the honest, hard-working farmer, Wang Lung and his family in pre-WWII China. It was a best-seller in 1931 - 1932 and according to Wikipedia, the books apparently helped Americans consider the Chinese as allies in the upcoming conflict with Japan.
The second book of the trilogy, Sons was published in 1932 and the last book, A House Divided in 1935.