BORN TO COMMAND by Helen Nicolay
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The last half of this is so good that it is rather heart-breaking that the first half is so slow and colorless, and seems to have been padded to make a biography out of a book that could have stood on simply the story of Eisenhower, commander-in-chief in the European area. The Kansas boyhood, West Point days, marriage, and service in the USA, Canal Zone and Panama; further specialized service and the Philippines under General MacArthur where he contributed greatly to the organization of the army for the Islands -- all this, in conscientious detail, simply backgrounds the real matter of the book, which gathers force and impetus with his assumption of the new command, his departure for London, and the setting up of the complicated machinery of United Nations cooperation of land, sea and air forces, his selection of his next-in-command, and the launching of attack with the North African campaign...From his arrival in London the book comes alive, a fascinating, well-written, quick-moving story, full of color and anecdote.

Pub Date: March 30th, 1945
Publisher: Appleton-Century