Books: Behind the Huck Finn Face

THE EISENHOWER DIARIES Edited by Robert H. Ferrell; Norton; $19.95

"He merely has to smile frequently at you," addmitted crusty Field Marshall Montgomery, "and you trust him at once. " But if that grin became as famous as the Mona Lisa's, it was also enigmatic. Behind the aging Huckleberry Finn face was as shrewd and calculating a mind as has ever won a war or run a country. Dwight David Eisenhower, his diaries make clear, could have given a few lessons in statecraft to Machiavelli.

The diaries begin Dec. 27, 1935, shortly after he arrived...

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