John Keegan (review date 22 October 1984)
SOURCE: “The Good General,” in New Republic, October 22, 1984, pp. 43-6.
[In the following review, Keegan offers positive evaluation of Ambrose's two-volume biography of Eisenhower.]
“Eisenhower,” this magnificent biography begins [Eisenhower: Soldier, General of the Army, President-Elect, 1890-1952], “was a great and good man,” and with that no one of generous spirit would disagree. He was also, for more than half of his life, a poor man—in childhood dirt poor. It is from that fact in his background that a European reader would begin to assess his character. For the officer class in Europe, though often strapped for cash, has never been poor in...
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