George Will called him America’s greatest biographer.Jean Edward
Smith is at the top of his game in “Eisenhower in War and Peace”
(Random House, $40.00, almost 1,000 pages). Filled with new
insights, meticulously researched, carefully crafted, this book
presents an ordinary man in extraordinary times who became a
bigger-than-life hero. Not a grandstander, not an intellect, not
pretentious, Ike was easy to underestimate, easy to like. Detail
after detail brings Dwight David Eisenhower to life and we are
all the better for it. A NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT.
“American Shogun” by Robert Harvey (The Overlook Press, $18.95,
480 pages, paper) is riveting reader and heck of an idea for a
book. It traces the relationship of General MacArthur and
Japanese Emperor Hirohito in post-war Japan. Part double bio,
part political history, “American Shogun” is important.
In the same vein of double biography comes “Monty and Rommel” by
Peter Caddick-Adams (Overlook Press, $35.00, 614 pages).
Military history, an insightful look at two of the top
commanders in World War II, leadership analysis, “Monty and
Rommel” belongs on the bookshelf of all World War II buffs.
“The Commandant” (Overlook Press, $17.95, 112 pages) is a large
price to pay for a tiny tome whose subject matter to some may
seem historically important. To others, they may question why a
memoir by the disgusting Rudolph Hoess, SS commandant of
Auschwitz should have ever been published.
Book Ends: “Emma Goldman” by Vivian Gornick( Yale,$25.00, 151
pages) is for those interested in the interesting life of a
modern radical woman whose thoughts and deeds still have an
impact on the world today
especially on liberations movements. The price is high for a 151
page tome, but it is worth it if learning more about Ms. Goldman
is what you wish.