Evan Thomas's startling account of how the underrated Dwight Eisenhower saved the world from nuclear holocaust. Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower set about to make good on his campaign promise to end the Korean War. Yet while Eisenhower was quickly viewed by many as a doddering lightweight, behind the bland smile and simple speech was a master tactician. To end the hostilities, Eisenhower would take a colossal risk by bluffing that he might use nuclear weapons against the Communist Chinese, while at the same time restraining his generals and advisors who favored the strikes. Ike's gamble was of such magnitude that there could be but two outcomes: thousands of lives saved, or millions of lives lost. A tense, vivid and revisionist account of a president who was then, and still is today, underestimated, IKE'S BLUFF is history at its most provocative and thrilling.
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by Thomas Allen
by Scott McEwan, Thomas Koloniar
by Evan Thomas
by Thomas Moore
by Thomas Goetz
by Jodi Thomas
by Thomas Locke
by Etan Thomas
by Thomas Pynchon
by Thomas Lennon
"Thomas's history breaks no new ground but cogently (if at times repetitively) recounts Eisenhower's handling of foreign relations, espionage, military affairs, and the Cold War, as well as aspects of his personal life, making for an absorbing story of his time in office. Narrator Brian Troxell accentuates that sense of story, reading at a brisk but not hurried pace, giving the narration a slight, and appropriate, hint of tension. His understanding lends sentences their proper weight and appropriate expression, but his expressiveness doesn't divert attention to the performance; he promotes the listener's absorption in the text. His voice is strong, engaging, and easy to listen to. A smattering of mispronounced words occasionally annoys but doesn't undermine this skilled and able reading of an important chapter in recent history. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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