Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower was a fascinating read, covering the course of events on the Western front of WWII from a very high level, and teasing out the ways in which familiar battles and operations were shaped by factors of supply and logistics, intra-alliance disagreements, jockeying for post-war positions, weather, public sentiment, and more. It follows Eisenhower closely, which is both a strength in that he was the nexus of so many conflicting pressures from all sides, and a weakness in that as portrayed here he isn’t a particularly dynamic figure, and his personality is told in a few interlude chapters rather than coming through naturally via interactions with others. It also felt a bit too obviously in his corner, with negative perspectives mentioned only to be rejected, and the biggest criticism it seems to level at him is a reticence to put his foot down with subordinates.
It remains very readable and informative throughout, and does a great job exploring the reasons for how things played out without bogging down in minutiae. As a casual reader, the frequent references to specific divisions, generals, and geographic features tended to blur together, but the main thrust of the historical analysis was easy to follow regardless. 4.5/5