The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In this classic portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower the soldier, best-selling historian Stephen E. Ambrose examines the Allied commander's leadership during World War II.
Ambrose brings Eisenhower's experience of the Second World War to life, showing in vivid detail how the general's skill as a diplomat and a military strategist contributed to Allied successes in North Africa and in Europe and established him as one of the greatest military leaders in the world. Ambrose, then the associate editor of the general's official papers, analyzes Eisenhower's difficult military decisions and his often complicated relationships with powerful personalities like Churchill, de Gaulle, Roosevelt, and Patton. This is the definitive account of Eisenhower's evolution as a military leader - from its dramatic beginnings through his time at the top post of Allied command.
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|Listening Length||32 hours and 48 minutes|
|Author||Stephen E. Ambrose|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 18, 2016|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#15,256 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#16 in World War II Biographies
#71 in Biographies of Presidents & Heads of State (Audible Books & Originals)
#93 in World War II History (Audible Books & Originals)
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Once engaged into a chapter it was difficult to take a break without wanting to get back into it, even though knowing how events ( Battle of the Bulge) turned out. Not only military history bluffs will enjoy this book, but strongly endorse it as mandatory study in curriculum at military schools to understand need for certain characteristics in leadership skills at all levels.
Ambrose's book gives a fair and balanced perspective of all the various difficulties Ike faced during World War II. From the first pages until the end of the book, I was surprised at how much I didn't know about the integral role Ike played during World War II but more importantly I learned a great deal about the man himself. Although Ike was not a military genius in the same vein as Montgomery or Patton, he still managed to unify different nations and various services into a highly effective military machine which brought down the Third Reich.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book for history buffs as well as those who are interested in learning how Ike managed both the political and administrative aspects of such a large organization.
Throughout the war, Eisenhower was responsible to the Combined Chiefs of Staff, reporting through General Marshall. and yet he had frequent visits by Churchill who was trying to influence Eisenhower's conduct of the war directly, rather that working through the Combined Chiefs of Staff. In addition Ike had to deal with some back stabbing from England's General Brooks, the petulant General Montgomery and America's bombastic General Patton. Eisenhower knew it would be difficult to fight a war with an allied force, and yet he came to know just how hard it really was.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is extremely readable and it is fortunate that the allied forces had as its leader someone of his calibre who had the most difficult job in the world between June 1944 and May 1945. For me one of the most interesting aspects of the book is Ambrose's description of Eisenhower's stormy relationship with Montgomery who also had great qualities as a military leader but whose character flaws made Eisenhower's life so difficult in 1944 and 1945.
I throughly recommend this tremendous book to anyone who is interested in how the second world war was fought and how the men at the top related to each other and despite their numerous disagreements managed to lead the armed forces that succeeded in liberating Europe from the scourge of National Socialism.