“Zachary Taylor” by John S. D. Eisenhower is a member of The American Presidents series and was published in 2008. Eisenhower graduated from West Point, served in the Army, rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Army Reserve, served as ambassador to Belgium and was a prolific author and historian. He was the son of former president Dwight Eisenhower and died in December 2013 at the age of ninety-one.
Like the previous biography from The American Presidents series I read (that one on John Tyler), Eisenhower’s treatment of his subject is brief, efficient, interesting and easy to read. At just one-hundred-forty pages in length, there are no occasions where the narrative grows stale or wanders into unnecessary detail.
Most who enjoy this biography are appreciative of its brevity, efficiency and ability to hold the reader’s interest. Those who dislike this book tend to find it superficial and rushed. Having just read Bauer’s full-scale treatment of Taylor, I confess to being thankful for Eisenhower’s economy and the relative potency of this biography…
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