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Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith.. There's no presidential era more glamorous than the one with the big fins on the cars, and Smith here makes a case that Eisenhower was also the most successful of the 20th c. But would he make it to the finals on Dancing with The Stars? Great read, but maybe not if you are looking for zombies.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"The greatest virtue of his biography is to show how well Eisenhower’s military training prepared him for this task: like Grant, he made what he did seem easy. It never was, though, and Smith stresses the toll it took on Eisenhower’s health, on his marriage and ultimately in the loneliness he could never escape.."

The New York Times

"Dwight Eisenhower, who was more cunning than he allowed his adversaries to know, understood the advantage of being underestimated. Jean Edward Smith refutes this durable misunderstanding. Smith, America’s greatest living biographer, demonstrates why, now more than ever, Americans should like Ike."

George F. Will

Author bio: Jean Edward Smith is the author of the highly acclaimed FDR, winner of the 2008 Francis Parkman Prize; Grant, a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist; John Marshall: Definer of a Nation; and Lucius D. Clay: An American Life. A member of the faculty at the University of Toronto for thirty-five years, and at Marshall University for twelve, he is currently a senior scholar in the history department at Columbia. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Nonfiction Thriller; (976 pp. Eisen-astonishing: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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