Review of “Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life” by Carlo D’Este

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Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life” by Carlo D’Este was published in 2002 and remains one of the most frequently read books on the thirty-fourth president. D’Este is a biographer, a military historian and a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army. He is best known for his critically acclaimed biography “Patton: A Genius for War.”

Excellent in many respects, D’Este’s biography of Eisenhower is regrettably not comprehensive. Its scope extends from Ike’s birth only through mid-1945 (the end of WWII in Europe) and therefore misses not only his two-term presidency but also his service as Army Chief of Staff and NATO Supreme Commander.

The fifty-five years of Eisenhower’s life which D’Este does cover are handled with considerable skill – from both a literary and analytical perspective. And his treatment of these years is extremely thorough with 705 pages of text and more than 100 pages of end-notes.

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