The Age of Eisenhower

The Age of Eisenhower

America and the World in the 1950s
Written by William I Hitchcock
Narrated by Arthur Morey
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The Age of Eisenhower

America and the World in the 1950s
Written by William I Hitchcock | Narrated by Arthur Morey
Based on recently declassified documents and unpublished material, this New York Times bestseller will have you rethinking the influence and legacy of Eisenhower’s presidency. This “trenchant and compelling book… persuasively portrays Eisenhower as an engaged and thoughtful leader who deeply shaped the nation’s destiny for decades to come” (Pulitzer Prize–winning author David M. Kennedy).

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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. 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drawing extensively on declassified material from the Eisenhower Library, the CIA and Defense Department, and troves of unpublished documents.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 Eisenhower’s 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.

Nonfiction
History
Biographies and Memoirs
20th Century
Politics and Current Events

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Release Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Run time: 25 hours and 39 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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