The Age of Eisenhower

The Age of Eisenhower

America and the World in the 1950s

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"A page-turner masterpiece." --Jim Lehrer

In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. Historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified. Eisenhower's accomplishments were enormous, and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own tumultuous times.

A former general, Ike kept the peace: he ended the Korean War, avoided a war in Vietnam, adroitly managed a potential confrontation with China, and soothed relations with the Soviet Union after Stalin's death. He guided the Republican Party to embrace central aspects of the New Deal like Social Security. He thwarted the demagoguery of McCarthy and he advanced the agenda of civil rights for African Americans. As part of his strategy to wage, and win, the Cold War, Eisenhower expanded American military power, built a fearsome nuclear arsenal and launched the space race. In his famous Farewell Address, he acknowledged that Americans needed such weapons in order to keep global peace--but he also admonished his citizens to remain alert to the potentially harmful influence of the "military-industrial complex."

From 1953 to 1961, no one dominated the world stage as did President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Age of Eisenhower is the definitive account of this presidency, drawing extensively on declassified material from the Eisenhower Library, the CIA and Defense Department, and troves of unpublished documents. In his masterful account, Hitchcock shows how Ike shaped modern America, and he astutely assesses Eisenhower's close confidants, from Attorney General Brownell to Secretary of State Dulles. The result is an eye-opening reevaluation that explains why this "do-nothing" president is rightly regarded as one of the best leaders our country has ever had.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439175668
Branch Call Number: B Ei839H 2018
Characteristics: xx, 650 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Dec 29, 2018

StarGlad. Please check your facts regarding casualties of the marchers. There were 100 injuries not deaths. And now you are responsible for a little fake history;-)

Oct 24, 2017

Whenever I come into contact with the [typical] American over the age of 40 who still believes that Andrew Carnegie was some sort of saint, instead of a war profiteering devil, from the Civil War to World War I, who brutally put down labor disputes, and traveled on an armaments-selling tour which he falsely labeled a // peace \\ tour, where he sold the sub which sank the Lusitania to the Kaiser, I am further convinced of the necessity of Fake History to promulgate endless Fake News.
Unless this author mentions Eisenhower's chief backer and financier, Floyd Odlum, whom Ike sent in the CIA to overthrow the democratically elected government of Guatemala because Odlum was the majority shareholder in United Fruit, or that it was Odlum's company [a gasoline-holding tank manufacturer] which so profited tremendously when Ike expanded the national highway system, then it is yet another addition to to Fake History!
[Am I the only American who recalls the names of the three military types involved with the slaughter of over 100 men, women and children at the Bonus Marchers Camp in Anacostia: MacArthur, Patton and Eisenhower?????]


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