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Monday, June 4, 2012

Review: Eisenhower in War and Peace

Finished reading: Jean Edward Smith's Eisenhower in War and Peace
I would recommend it, and certainly learned a great deal from it. A couple of caveats: there's a lot of emphasis on Ike's relationship with Kay Summersby without acknowledgement of the uncertainties in what exactly that was; the book is such a broad discussion that topics sometimes seem to fly by a bit too quickly; and occasionally Smith doesn't seem greatly familiar with a topic tangential to the Eisenhower story, as when he writes that "Lebanon was nominally an Arab country" but with a large Christian population, as if "Arab" denoted a religion. Despite those minor weaknesses, this book is well worth reading, and its subject is well worth studying, not least as a role model for the next Republican president.

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