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drawing extensively on declassified material from the Eisenhower Library, the CIA and Defense Department, and troves of unpublished documents.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
Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all."
That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is because they were children. The world was a pretty dark and scary place and the reason we think wistfully of the fifties is that Ike was competent enough and lucky enough to steer the country on troubled waters with a ...more
I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining to intelligence uncovered in recent decades.
Eisenhower reminds me in many ways of my mother's father, newspaper reporter and editor Wright Bryan, who Eisenhower awarded the Medal of Freedom. This author, historian ...more
This is a fascinating book. Eisenhower, a WW2 warrior who knew the horrific consequences of war resisted efforts to draw America into any global conflicts but at the same time, he presided over the development of the CIA and its subsequent insidious interventions around the World. He was a man beset by contradictions: personal integrity and a fervent morality vied with an unwillingness to "impose" upon others even when the Supreme Court mandated an end to segregation in schools. His reign of eig ...more
It’s arguable that no recent-history president is more inextricably linked to the decade in which he served than Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower and the 1950s. Fitting, then, that with “The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s,” William Hitchcock takes the approach that you can’t really understand one without understanding the other.
“Eisenhower’s traits seemed to align with a new ideal of American masculinity that was visible across the decade of the 1950s. The practical, extroverted c...more
Don't let the title fool you--this is a biography of an 8-year presidential administration (or two administrations, if you want to get technical). Bigger looks at what the "age of Eisenhower" entailed are few and far between. Hitchcock's look at Ike is balanced. He is harsher on Eisenhower than he needs to be when it comes to the CIA, civil rights, and the containment of communism, but he does a wonderful job of conveying Ike's personal magnetism and managerial style of leadership. Ike's the sor ...more
Mostly Eisenhower rather than “age of.“ Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length.
What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of accomplishing all the things I enjoy about a book and about history. And he's excellent at putting events in context. He's quite fair in his assessment of Eisenhower as a person and as President. I wish more histor ...more
A brilliant history of the Eisenhower presidency that gives a fair understanding of the world and national political scene, while correcting the inaccurate portrayal of Ike’s leadership beyond WW2. One of our greatest president’s, Ike had an astounding record on international affairs, fiscal management and morality. His one major flaw was his lack of sincerity in vigorously confronting racism and promoting civil rights. The author has my highest regard for his work and my appreciation for helpin ...more