EISENHOWER WAS MY BOSS by Kay Summersby

EISENHOWER WAS MY BOSS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Suggest this to those who are reading Eisenhower's own story, Crusade in Europe, as a paralleling of events from the observation post of Eisenhower's chauffeur, Capt. Kay Summersby. At first a civilian driver, and an Englishwoman, she became a military aide and personal secretary, reached the rank of Captain, and is now an American citizen. Through the official contacts in England, Africa, Italy and France- at the last in Germany- Kay Summersby had an opportunity to see him under all sorts of conditions, and he comes off a hero to his chauffeur. Approaching the script with a certain amount of prejudice, I found it surprisingly interesting and revealing. She pulls no punches in her comments on Montgomery (whom she disliked for his over-cautiousness, his excessive demands, his attitude towards women in war); on Roosevelt, Churchill, Generals Marshall, Bradley, Patton, Clark, Bedell, Smith and many other V.P.I's, her comments are quite illuminating. There are many light touches that reveal the humanness of General Eisenhower, at work, at play (and what a bridge player he turned out to be!) Her defense of women in military life is vehement and it is refreshing to have one of them show their value in the military scene, remote from the camp follower conception fostered in some quarters. Both Captain Summersby and her boss come out as good soldiers.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1948
ISBN: 1406765244
Publisher: Prentice-Hall