The Age Of Eisenhower: America And The World In The 1950s
  • The Age Of Eisenhower: America And The World In The 1950s
  • The Age Of Eisenhower: America And The World In The 1950s
ISBN: 1439175667
EAN13: 9781439175668
Language: English
Pages: 512
Weight: 1.74 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER

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. Read More chevron_right

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