Review of Dwight D. Eisenhower: Soldier and Statesman
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Soldier and Statesman is a document then gives an inside look at the man who has always been a natural born leader. The book breaks down the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower from the time when he wasn't just a young boy throughout his military career, presidency, and his life up to his death. It gives you a detailed account of the accomplishments Eisenhower overcame during his life. He is known as one of America's greatest soldiers and president to ever serve this great country that we live in.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the third son of David and Ida Stover Eisenhower. He was born in 1890 in Denison, Texas, and named David Dwight Eisenhower, although he was known as Dwight David by many. "In 1891, the family moved to Abilene, Kansas"1, where Eisenhower was brought up. He was the third of seven sons. He and his older brothers were all called "Ike" by their family. Young Dwight Eisenhower was known as "Little Ike, He was an average size for his age, aggressive boy who was just beginning to develop the grin for which he would later become famous worldwide."2 In his high school years, he was known to excel in sports due to his active nature. After he graduated, Eisenhower wanted to attend college, but his family could not afford the tuition. Dwight and his brother planned to switch off between work and college every year in order to pay for each other's tuition and allow them to both complete their education. In 1910, Eisenhower found that he could get a free college education at United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. While Eisenhower had no original plans to be a soldier, he still prepared well for the competitive West Point entrance exam and won an appointment to the school in 1911. "On June 14, 1911 he entered the West Point Military Academy with the class of 1915"3, to begin his life long career of serving his country.
1. Lee Alton R. Dwight D. Eisenhower Soldier, President, Statesman. (Nelson-Hull Chicago, Ill.1981) pg-6
Eisenhower would later lead many military forces through the course of both world wars, winning decisive victories and helping push America forward even before his own presidency. "When the United States entered World War I in 1917,. Eisenhower desperately wanted to see action during the war, and applied for an overseas assignment. His own skill would prevent him from participating in battle during that war. Higher officers saw the ability that he had as an organizer and trainer. "Eisenhower was promoted to Captain on June 1, 1917 and was to report to Camp Colt near Gettysburg to take command of the only tank training center in the United...