Paul Johnson is the author of several concise books on significant military figures in history - his other books include Churchill and Napoleon. His latest, Eisenhower, stands along those two as both concise and rife with information. Johnson follows a linear telling of the 34th president's life - from his birth in Texas to his upbringing in Abilene, Kansas.
As far as biographies of Dwight Eisenhower goes, Eisenhower is not the most creative. Moments of it seem a bit more like the cliff notes version of a more lengthy biography - like Ike's Bluff - with Johnson providing readers the measured version for using in cramming for a history exam. Dwight Eisenhower is a demonstrably important figure in American and world history and Johnson presents that in a very measured way for beginners. The best chapters are those describing his postwar period, including the popularity of "Ike" as a world figure and his evolution from military leader to president.