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The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

An original and penetrating assessment of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, showing Ikes enormous influence on modern America, the Cold War, and on the presidency itself.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. Eisenhowers 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 Stalins 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 peacebut 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drawing extensively on declassified material from the Eisenhower Library, the CIA and Defense Department, and troves of unpublished documents.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 Eisenhowers 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....

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The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s Reviews

  • Tom Grover

    Probably the best biography I've read (listened to) during the past year. The author makes a compelling argument for the significance and success of Eisenhower's presidency.

  • Mitchell Kaufman

    Just an excellent biography of David Dwight Eisenhower and his underappreciated role in American history, warts and all. This isn't a perfect president, it isn't a partisan president, but it is about a very effective and underrated president.

  • Chris Carson

    Excellent book on the Age of Eisenhower, often reported as a mediocre President compared to FDR and JFK - Ike was an accomplished leader before entering the White House and further his stature with two terms of deft world leadership while helping our nation transform at home.

    A Presidency deserving of a more balanced approach has found itself a writer who tells fast paced stories that are factual and entertaining. Thanks!

  • Barbara

    As a child of the 1950's, I remember very little about this time period. I do recall the "I Like Ike" buttons the adults wore during the 1956 campaign. The book gave me the political information I was looking for. I was surprised to discover that Eisenhower hosted male only dinner parties at The White House. Times have changed considerably.

  • Joseph J.

    A decade of research has produced THE account of the Eisenhower Presidency. Perhaps after our longest war(s) in history Ike's reputation has soared-now ranked as our fifth greatest President. This book would justify that rank. Unlike other micro-history bestsellers which delve into a quagmire of Ike's pre-Presidential years which are better done elsewhere, William Hitchcock quickly moves into Ike's Presidency, arguing that post WWII America until the Kennedy Administration should be called The A ...more

  • Casey Wheeler

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

    I requested this book as I have read a number of biographies on American Presidents including Dwight David Eisenhower. It is the first book by Will