Case Study: Dwight Eisenhower

Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States, serving from 1953 to 1961. He was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War II, earning the unusual five-star rank of General of the Army. He was in charge of planning and managing Operation Torch, the victorious invasion of North Africa in 1942–43, as well as the successful invasion of Normandy in 1944–45 from the Western Front.

Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas, and raised in Abilene, Kansas, as part of a big family with predominantly German (Pennsylvania…

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