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Eisenhower : The White House Years
by Jim Newton


Overview - The President Eisenhower of popular imagination is a benign figure, armed with a putter and little else. The Eisenhower of veteran journalist Newton's rendering is shrewd, sentimental, and tempestuous. Rare interviews with John Eisenhower, along with access to newly declassified documents, make for a gripping and revealing narrative.  Read more...

 
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Overview

The President Eisenhower of popular imagination is a benign figure, armed with a putter and little else. The Eisenhower of veteran journalist Newton's rendering is shrewd, sentimental, and tempestuous. Rare interviews with John Eisenhower, along with access to newly declassified documents, make for a gripping and revealing narrative. 468 pp.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385523530
  • ISBN-10: 038552353X
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Publish Date: October 2011
  • Page Count: 464

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-06-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

The political skills Dwight Eisenhower honed while commanding a fractious WWII alliance made for a great presidency, according to this appreciative but also probing biography. L.A. Times editor-at-large Newton lauds the 34th president's "middle way" rejecting extremes of left and right—including the anti–New Deal ravings of his ultra-conservative brother and the anticommunist witch hunts of fellow Republican Joseph McCarthy—to extract peace and prosperity during the turbulent 1950s. At home, Newton notes, Eisenhower steered a fiscally responsible course between Democratic domestic spending and Republican tax cuts and military boondoggles, while initiating a colossal interstate highway system. He championed a massive nuclear deterrent, but resisted pressures to use it and persistently defused geopolitical crises. The Eisenhower-approved coups in Iran and Guatemala were exceptions of which Newton provides trenchant critical accounts. Eisenhower's timid middleism on civil rights looks uglier, but Newton (Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made) notes that, once the courts ruled, Ike took his marching orders and sent troops to enforce school desegregation. Drawing on declassified documents, Newton's narrative, especially of the many international crises, is clear, brisk, and insightful, a timely study of a master of consensus politics with lessons for today's polarized Washington. (Sept.)

 
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