Stephen Ambrose | Literature Criticism Critical Review by John Keegan

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Critical Review by John Keegan

SOURCE: “The Good General,” in New Republic, October 22, 1984, pp. 43-6.

In the following review, Keegan offers positive evaluation of Ambrose's two-volume biography of Eisenhower.

“Eisenhower,” this magnificent biography begins [Eisenhower: Soldier, General of the Army, President-Elect, 1890-1952], “was a great and good man,” and with that no one of generous spirit would disagree. He was also, for more than half of his life, a poor man—in childhood dirt poor. It is from that fact in his background that a European reader would begin to assess his character. For the officer class in Europe, though often strapped for cash, has never been poor in the American sense. European officers are younger sons, clergymen's sons, sons of officers who have themselves had to scrimp and save. But...

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