Sunday, October 30, 2016

Book Preview: Ike's Bluff by Evan Thomas

This caught my eye, from the early pages.

After Germany fell, he[Eisenhower] walked through the Nazi concentration camp called Ohrdruf--Nord, a subcamp of Buchenwald, with his friend, the tough talking General George Patton. Patton threw up. Ike ordered the mayor of Gotha to turn out the townspeople to remove the dead bodies. The mayor and his wife went home that night and hung themselves.

Ike took this as a sign that the Germans might not be beyond redemption.

And, from Ike's first inaugural:

Science seems ready to confer on us, as its final gift, the power to erase human life on this planet.

Ponder that one, Trump fans.