Ike's Bluff

President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World
CD - unabridged
Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: DD4279
Released: Sep 25, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781619691902
Narrator/s: Brian Troxell
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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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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Author(s): Evan Thomas
Narrator(s): Brian Troxell
Product Number Z100036030
Released: Sep 25, 2012
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Hachette Audio
ISBN: #9781478978787
Author(s): Evan Thomas
Product Number EB00276897
Released: Apr 10, 2014
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"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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