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Riassunto: A bona fide American hero at the close of WWII, General Dwight Eisenhower rode an enormous wave of popularity into the Oval Office. Though we may view the Eisenhower years through a hazy lens of 1950's nostalgia, historians consider his presidency one of the least successful. Ike would later be revered for "keeping the peace".
Recensione: "I have been in politics ... most of my adult life. There's no more active political organization in the world than the armed forces of the United States." So said Dwight Eisenhower, the subject of journalist-novelist Tom Wicker's thoughtful--and often critical-- Dwight D. Eisenhower, shortly after leaving the presidency.
Eisenhower was never above politics, as his admirers claimed; Wicker shows that he was a political creature through and through, as Patton suspected while serving under him in World War II. ("Ike wants to be president so badly you can taste it," Patton said.) He held all the contradictory positions of a politician, too: a dedicated cold warrior and anti-Communist, he famously decried the power of the "military-industrial complex," resisted American involvement in Vietnam while setting the stage for it, and called himself a "liberal Republican" while doing little to attend to pressing domestic issues, especially in the realm of civil rights. He refused to stand up to Joe McCarthy and chose Richard Nixon as his running mate for reasons of political expediency.
Wicker gives Eisenhower middling marks: "The worst did not happen in his time, but neither did the best." His survey may not cheer Ike's fans, but it's balanced, highly readable, and useful for those seeking a window on American political life half a century ago. --Gregory McNamee
Titolo: Dwight D. Eisenhower: The American ...
Casa editrice: Macmillan Audio
Data di pubblicazione: 2002
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Macmillan Audio, 2002. Audio Cassette. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 155927770X