A Life

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Penguin Putnam
Acclaimed historian Paul Johnson’s lively, succinct biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower explores how his legacy endures today
In the rousing style he’s famous for, celebrated biographer Paul Johnson offers a fascinating portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower, focusing particularly on his years as a five-star general and his time as the thirty-fourth President of the United States.

Johnson chronicles President Eisenhower's modest childhood in Kansas, his college years at West Point, and his rapid ascent through the military ranks, culminating in his appointment as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II. Beginning when Eisenhower assumed the presidency from Harry Truman in 1952, Johnson paints a rich portrait of his two consecutive terms, exploring his volatile relationship with then-Vice President Richard Nixon, his abhorrence of isolationism, and his position on the Cold War, McCarthyism, and the Civil Rights Movement. Johnson notes that when Eisenhower left the White House at age 70, reluctantly passing the torch to President-elect John F. Kennedy, he feared for the country’s future and prophetically warned of the looming military-industrial complex.

Many elements of Eisenhower’s presidency speak to American politics today, including his ability to balance the budget and skill in managing an oppositional Congress. This brief yet comprehensive study will appeal to biography lovers as well as to enthusiasts of presidential history and military history alike.

Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the 34th president places particular emphasis on his years as a five-star general and his two presidential terms, sharing additional coverage of such subjects as his Kansas childhood, West Point education and volatile relationship with Richard Nixon. By the best-selling author of Churchill.

& Taylor

A portrait of the thirty-fourth president covers his years as a five-star general and his two presidential terms, as well as his Kansas childhood, West Point education, and volatile relationship with Richard Nixon.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780698144699
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Oct 16, 2016

It is a very small book for someone whom had such a huge impact upon the 20th century. It broad-brushes over all his accomplishments and failures. If you are looking for an in depth book about the man, skip this. If you want just a general idea, this is decent.

Given the political climate of today it would do well to read about a Republican of a different era, who tried for balanced budgets, ended one war and avoided others, warned of a military-industrial complex, stood up to McCarthyism and promoted infrastructure. He also was the first to use the power of the federal government to enforce civil rights laws. If you read this book or do your own research, it's a shame that his way of thinking is not more widespread.

Jan 03, 2015

This book should have been categorized under the American Exceptionalism label! Sorry, but can never get over the slaughter of over 100 women, children and men of the Bonus Marchers' Village [along with MacArthur and Patton], nor the innocent Iranians killed during the 1953 CIA-staged coup, w/Eisenhower's go-ahead, nor the innocents killed in Guatemala - - same thing - - nor those thousands killed in Indonesia. Nor that the Bay of Pigs plan originated with Eisenhower [called for full-scale military invasion and assassination of Castro, sagely called off by Kennedy, who shouldn't have trusted Eisenhower and called off the entire fiasco].


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