Friday, June 06, 2008


Meant to post this earlier today, but technically it is still June 6th, the anniversary of D-Day. At least it is here in California.

It is appropriate, though purely coincidental, that I just finished reading Ike by Michael Korda. This biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower is excellent and highly readable. It's a biography in the vein of David McCullough's John Adams, in that it attempts to strip away some of the stains of the reputations of these great leaders, to show them in a more heroic light. Obviously both authors are enamored of their subjects and do their best to elevate their heroes' places in history.

Ike succeeds in this, and gives the reader a fascinating portrait of a self-made man, from humble beginnings, and his rise to Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during the Normandy Invasion, and later as President of the U.S.

A huge portion of the book is dedicated to the Normandy invasion, and that alone makes Ike a great book to read right now, as we celebrate the anniversary of D-Day. Check it out.

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