Saturday, November 23, 2013

Opening paragraphs........................

His heritage was ordinary, his parents were humble folk, his childhood was typical of thousands of other youngsters growing up around the turn of the century, and most of his career was humdrum and unrewarded.   On the surface, everything about him appeared to be average.  Had he died in 1941, on the verge of retirement on his fifty-first birthday, he would not today even be a footnote to history.
-Stephen E. Ambrose,  Eisenhower:  Soldier, General of the Army, President-Elect  1890-1952

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