The Age of Eisenhower

America and the World in the 1950s
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (25.63 hours)
Product Number: Z100136746
Released: Mar 20, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508254478
Narrator/s: Arthur Morey
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A page-turner masterpiece." -Jim Lehrer 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drawing extensively on declassified material from the Eisenhower Library, the CIA and Defense Department, and troves of unpublished documents.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.

Author(s): William I Hitchcock
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Mar 20, 2018

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Author(s): William I Hitchcock
Product Number EB00711022
Released: Mar 20, 2018
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781451698435

Professional reviews

"This audiobook, narrated by Arthur Morey, continues a recent trend that sees Eisenhower's presidency as far more important than it looked when he left Washington in 1961. Historians now place him among the top 10 presidents, putting his accomplishments in context and comparing the endurance of his policies with the men who have served since. Morey guides us through this historical survey with an authoritative voice appropriate for a great reappraisal of Ike. Morey's low, jowly voice sounds somewhat scratchy, and he approaches the work straightforwardly. While he uses limited range, he paces the book effectively, keeping events moving and emphasizing new information the author has uncovered. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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