MAN FROM ABILENE by Kevin McCann
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MAN FROM ABILENE

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A warm and friendly biography of Eisenhower, which combines the quick survey of a career that in itself speaks for the man, and a skilfully interpolated succession of extracts from writings, letters, speeches, so that one gets a sense of autobiography. is unusual for anyone whose life has been as crowded as Eisenhower's to take time out express, on paper, his philosophy, his thoughtful analysis of the challenges life has given him. The reader feels that he is privileged to share the General's thoughts on time of the subjects on which many feel anxiety today. Here- in a biographical setting-is much of the material included in What (report P. 102) edited by Allan Taylor; here, too, is a brief summation of the chronology of Gunther's Eisenhower (report P. 50). And the author- with additional time to weigh his inclusions, has been able to bring his material almost up to the end of 1951. There is more here, for instance, of the pattern of crowded days at Columbia, of the hopeless attempt to perform simultaneously two tremendous jobs. And there is a good deal about the months of the European command as Eisenhower, one of the world's great diplomats (and one sometimes feels a bit of a politician as well) welds Europe's forces into a united army. A great man- and a humble one- emerges from these pages.

Pub Date: April 24th, 1952
Publisher: Doubleday