Eisenhower The White House Years

ISBN-10: 076792813X
ISBN-13: 9780767928137
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jim Newton
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Description: “Newton's contribution is as cogent an inventory of Eisenhower's White House years as I've ever read. He blends masterful writing with historic detail and provides the value-added of Ike as the man and the leader.”—Chuck Hagel, Distinguished  More...

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List price: $19.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

“Newton's contribution is as cogent an inventory of Eisenhower's White House years as I've ever read. He blends masterful writing with historic detail and provides the value-added of Ike as the man and the leader.”—Chuck Hagel, Distinguished Professor, Georgetown University; U.S. Senator (1997–2009)Newly discovered and declassified documents make for a surprising and revealing portrait of the president we thought we knew.America’s thirty-fourth president was belittled by his critics as the babysitter-in-chief. This new look reveals how wrong they were. Dwight Eisenhower was bequeathed the atomic bomb and refused to use it. He ground down Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism until both became, as he said, "McCarthywasm." He stimulated the economy to lift it from recession, built an interstate highway system, turned an $8 billion deficit in 1953 into a $500 million surplus in 1960. (Ike was the last President until Bill Clinton to leave his country in the black.)The President Eisenhower of popular imagination is a benign figure, armed with a putter,a winning smile, and little else. The Eisenhower of veteran journalist Jim Newton's rendering is shrewd, sentimental, and tempestuous. He mourned the death of his first son and doted on his grandchildren but could, one aide recalled, "peel the varnish off a desk" with his temper. Mocked asshallow and inarticulate, he was in fact a meticulous manager. Admired as a general, he was a champion of peace. In Korea and Vietnam, in Quemoy and Berlin, his generals urged him to wage nuclear war. Time and again he considered the idea and rejected it. And it was Eisenhower who appointed the liberal justices Earl Warren and William Brennan and who then called in the military to enforce desegregation in the schools.Rare interviews, newly discovered records, and fresh insights undergird this gripping and timely narrative.JIM NEWTONis a veteran journalist who began his career as clerk to James Reston at theNew York Times. Since then, he has worked as a reporterat theAtlanta Constitutionand as a reporter, bureau chief and editor at theLos Angeles Times, where he presently is the editor-at-largeand author of a weekly column. He also is an educator and author, whose acclaimed biography of Chief Justice Earl Warren,Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made, was published in 2006. He lives in Pasadena, CA.From the Hardcover edition.

Introduction
Making Ike
The Lessons of Family
The Mentoring of Soldiers
Learning Politics
The First Term
From Candidate to President
Changing America's Course
Consequences
Security
"McCarthywasm"
Revolutions
Heartache
Crisis and Revival
On the Edge
The Second Term
The Press of Change, the Price of Inaction
Nuclear Interlude
Many Ways to Fight
Loss
The Final Months
Rejection
Farewell
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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