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Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Gauge of Greatness (An Associated Press biography)
Dwight D Eisenhower A Gauge of Greatness - An Associated Press biography Author:Relman Morin Vision, integrity, understanding, courage, depth of character and the ability to communicate--these are the qualities by which Dwight David Eisenhower measured greatness. He set them down, in that order in a letter to a friend. — This book measures the man on his own gauge. — From the time of his childhood in a small Kansas town, Dwight Eisenhowe... more »r's vision of himself and his country was one of confidence and hope. His hard-working parents taught him self-reliance, and nothing that has happened in his long career ever eroded this trait.
The unquestioned integrity that was, perhaps, his most notable characteristic was another quality that grew out of his home training. It manifested itself in all his activities, public and private.
During nearly half a century of service to his country and the world, Dwight Eisenhower displayed a deep understanding of the problems, aspirations and fears that prevailed during both war and peace.
His great physical courage was proved when he was little more than a child, and this book abounds with evidence of his moral courage under trying circumstances.
The depth of his character was revealed chiefly in his dedication to duty. Throughout his life, he responded selflessly and wholeheartedly to all personal and public obligations.
It was his ability to communicate--especially through the spoken word--that was most often under criticism. His writing--ranging from orders and reports to his several books--was a model of clarity. If in public speaking he was not always successful in conveying his ideas and attitudes, the opposite was true in private conversations with associates and subordinates. Ans, by his life alone, he communicated with the American people in a remarkable way. They recognized in him a man of sincerity and instinctive good will, and they trusted him implicitly.
Dwight D. Eisenhower inscribed his own gauge of greatness--vision, integrity, understanding, courage, depth of character and the ability to communicate. To his countrymen, he demonstrated these qualities again and again in full measure.« less
An amazing man and a remarkable career, September 7, 2004
Reviewer: Andrew W. Johns "ResQgeek" (Alexandria, VA USA)
This was clearly written before the current trend of "tell-all" memoirs and biographies that try to drag every skeleton out of people's closets. Overall, I think this improves the book. I'm not sure that I need (or want) to know every little flaw in Eisenhower's life. Instead, this book explores his background and tries to shed some light on those aspects of his personality that influenced his actions and his career path. We also get a better insight into how his various postings throughout his army career prepared him not only for Supreme Command during WWII, but ultimately for the presidency. While I found the author to be a little guilty of "hero worship," and somewhat too quick to dismiss the charges of Ike's critics, the author does a good job of using Eisenhower's own words (taken from both official and personal correspondence) to make his arguments. This book is certainly a strong argument that Eisenhower should be ranked among the "Greats" of American history.