allied supreme commander
Dwight D. Eisenhower endured many dramatic, tension-filled days, but nothing ever exceeded the events leading up to his courageous decision to launch the greatest military invasion in the history of warfare on June 6, 1944. The outcome of the war hinged on its success. Failure was unthinkable but nevertheless entirely possible, as Eisenhower knew only too well.
In public Eisenhower exuded confidence; in private, however, he was a seething bundle of nervous energy. His smoking had increased to four packs a day, and he was rarely seen without a cigarette in his hand.
Eisenhower's life was an amazing saga of the American dream come true. He came from humble, undistinguished midwestern roots, yet rose to a position undreamed of during the most destructive war in the history of mankind. His birth name was David Dwight Eisenhower, but he was best known simply by his nickname, 'Ike'. Well before he was president of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower was already a national hero and one of the most universally respected men of his time.
848 pp - Paperback - Published 2004
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