Books: Machiavellian Ike the Soldier

by Merle Miller Putnam; 859 pages; $24.95

The first time Dwight Eisenhower met General Bernard Law Montgomery in 1942, the irascible British commander outranked the American newcomer and made no secret of his feelings on the matter. Required to give Eisenhower a briefing, he arrived very late and said, "I'm sorry I'm late, but I really shouldn't have come at all." While Montgomery approached a wall map with his pointer, Eisenhower lit a cigarette. Without turning around, Montgomery stopped his briefing and demanded, "Who's smoking?"

"I am, sir," said Eisenhower.

"Stop it," said Montgomery, still not turning around. "I don't permit it here."

Eisenhower flushed deeply but said...

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