Excellent overview of a commander,
This review is from: Eisenhower (Command) (Paperback)
Eisenhower: Osprey Command Series 18
This book is in the Osprey series `Command' and in 64 pages provides a brief description of Eisenhower's life, most particularly his role as Supreme Allied Commander in WWII. His formative years and those after the war, including his US Presidency are also described of course. As with other Osprey books, it's very well illustrated, including maps of his campaigns in the Mediterranean and Western Europe, as the Allies closed in on Germany. The book is well written and appears very well balanced in treating the matter of his relationships with difficult individuals such as Patton, Clark, Montgomery, Leigh-Mallory & Churchill.
Eisenhower himself comes across as a very measured & well balanced individual with no signs of an obstructive ego. He achieved his seniority without ever taking part in a battle or controlling one at a tactical level. His role as Supreme Allied Commander has been described as more like a chairman of a board than a hands-on soldier. A primary aim of his was to ensure a harmonious relationship between the American & their British allies and this is clear from his even handed dealings with Montgomery, Patton & Bradley.
He had a number of key mentors throughout his career, latterly & perhaps most importantly George C Marshall, who elevated him to his highest appointments and with whom he shared a deep mutual trust and respect. After the war he was approached by both the Democratic and Republican parties to stand as US President despite not having had a formal Political track record. This as much as anything I think, indicates his ability as a manager, diplomat and a statesman.
For those wishing to read more about Eisenhower there is a useful chapter and bibliography at the end of the book. A great little read; five stars.