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Carlo D'Este's previous book, PATTON cemented his reputation as one of the best-selling historians of the Second World War. John Keegan called it 'a magnificent portrait'. The Sunday Telegraph called it 'superb biography'. Now he turns to America's most successful commander of the war, the future president Dwight D Eisenhower. Born in poverty, the child of convinced pacifists, Eisenhower rose to command the Allied invasion force from D-Day to the conquest of Germany. He remains a controversial figure, especially to the British. Eisenhower had a prickly relationship with his most notorious subordinate, the British General Montgomery. As well as the key military issues, D'Este reveals the truth about Eisenhower's alleged romance with his British driver, Kay Summersby, his troubled marriage and his eye for the political future. This is the definitive biography of the most important officer in the Allied armies of the Second World War.
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Carlo D'Este served in the US Army in Vietnam, Germany and England before retiring as a lieutenant-colonel in 1978. He received his MA from the University of Richmond and has now published six books that have won high praise both sides of the Atlantic. Acclaimed by Anthony Beevor, John Keegan, Victor Davis Hanson, Martin Blumenson and Alan Clark, he is the greatest military biographer working today.Review:
'As Carlo D'Este, America's foremost living historian of the Second World War shows in this new definitive biography, Ike's grin and cheery good nature were an invaluable morale-booster. Soldiers trusted and were fond of him, and it was no coincidence that when he successfully ran for president in 1952, the campaign slogan was simply 'I like Ike'. After reading this splendid book, you will too.' - Andrew Roberts MAIL ON SUNDAY (22/7/03) 'The author of a number of excellent campaign histories of the second world war, D'Este has written a splendid book.' - Hew Strachan THE SUNDAY TIMES (8/6/03) 'In a superbly paced narrative, based on outstanding research, D'Este, an accomplished military historian, provides the best account yet of Eisenhower's army career. The book is unlikely to be bettered... D'Este sensibly makes no attempt to engage in armchair theorising about military strategy. Instead he offers a detailed and meticulously researched chronology, which is always offset by a sensitively drawn portrait of Eisenhower's psychology and private life... splendid biography...' - Desmond King LITERARY REVIEW, June 2003 'Carlo D'Este, one of America's most acclaimed military historians, has written a biography of Eisenhower the soldier that paints him as a complex man. D'Este follows his life as far as Victory in Europe Day, and asserts his record as a soldier, but never makes the mistake of exaggerating his military talents ... this is a fascinating biography, as well as an outstanding military history of the European war.' - Simon Sebag Montefiore THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (24/5/03) '... any work by d'Este deserves deep respect. As a military historian, he is a class by himself. D'Este likes Ike as much as all the rest of us, but in his portrait the warts are given full significance. Eisenhower, he makes clear, had the defects of his qualities'. - Michael Howard TLS (24/7/03) 'While any competent author can turn out a readable biography of the flamboyant Patton, it takes skill to make Eisenhower interesting. Yet Carlo D'Este accomplishes the task with flair... In a calm measured way D'Este offers an absorbing portrait of a quiet man... This book is fascinating not because of exploding bombs and smouldering passions, but because of the perplexing subtleties it offers about a life often judged uninteresting.' - Gerard DeGroot (Prof Modern History, St Andrews) SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY (1 June 2003) 'Carlo D'Este has produced a masterpiece which captures the whole sweep of Eisenhower's life from boy to America's most successful general.' SCOTTISH LEGION NEWS (June/July 2003) 'This superb study traces the career of Dwight Eisenhower... Truly one of the great men of our time, and D'Este has captured the intensity and courage of his character brilliantly.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE
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Book Description Weidenfeld Military, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0304366048