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Dwight D. Eisenhower's public image was that of a wide-grinning Daddy Warbucks who preferred the golf course over the cabinet room. He was perceived as a military bureaucrat who never held a combat command. A Republican sandwiched between two Democratic administrations, he lacked the political vigor of his predecessor Harry S. Truman and the star quality of his successor JFK.
Yet behind the placid image he was a sly fox who ran the most efficient espionage establishment in the world. His goal was to keep the Free World free. To do so, he fostered the growth of the CIA, overthrew governments, flew spy flights, and hatched assassination plots. At the top of the intelligence pyramid, Ike shouldered some of the greatest coups in espionage history, as well as some of its most ignominious failures.
Among Ike's successes: The "Man Who Never Was" strategem, the ULTRA-guided ambush of the German counterattack at Mortain, which opened the Allies' way to the Rhine, the 1954 overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz Guzman's government of Guatemala, Operation AJAX, which toppled Iran's Mossadegh, and the U-2 flights over Russia. But Ike can be credited likewise for miscalculations: the failure to predict the German attack during the Battle of the Bulge, the Francis Gary Powers fiasco, and the tragic and irresponsible encouragement of freedom fighters in Hungary, Indonesia, and Cuba.
In writing this revealing probe into the 1950s spy world, Stephen E. Ambrose, the author of the most acclaimed full-scale biography of Eisenhower, interviewed the president and many of his agents and had access to much previously unpublished archival material. "The story he tells," said the New York Review of Books in 1981 when the book was first published, "is one of some very low deeds done in the name of high moral principles."
Stephen E. Ambrose was Director Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center, Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans, and president of the National D- Day Museum. He was the author of many books, most recently The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisana Purchase to Today. His compilation of 1,400 oral histories from American veterans and authorship of over 20 books established him as one of the foremost historians of the Second World War in Europe. He died October 13, 2002, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Dal risvolto interno: Behind Ike's grandfatherly mask, the free world's foremost spymaster
Titolo: Ike's Spies : Eisenhower and the Espionage ...
Casa editrice: Doubleday
Data di pubblicazione: 1981
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Doubleday, 1981. Condizione libro: Fair. 1st. N/A. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP15511823
Descrizione libro Doubleday, 1981. Condizione libro: Fair. 1st. N/A. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP4006370
Descrizione libro Doubleday, 1981. Condizione libro: Fair. 1st. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP91612777
Descrizione libro Doubleday. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 0385144938 Good Condition. Tear on cover. Five star seller - Buy with confidence!. Codice libro della libreria Z0385144938Z3
Descrizione libro Doubleday, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Acceptable. Codice libro della libreria SONG0385144938
Descrizione libro Doubleday, 1981. Condizione libro: Used. This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: Behind IkeAa's grandfatherly mask, the free worldAa's foremost spymaster. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_usedgood_0385144938
Descrizione libro Doubleday, 1981. Umschlag mit Gebrauchssp., guter Zustand. Codice libro della libreria GE 73022
Descrizione libro Doubleday. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 0385144938 HC/DJ in Very Good Condition. Stated First Edition. DJ has moderate wear, a few small tears - Corners worn thru - Has not been price clipped - $14.95.First several pages have "From the library of" embossing. Codice libro della libreria SKUJAN1206561
Descrizione libro Doubleday, Garden City, 1981. Cloth. Condizione libro: Almost Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good +. Photo Illus in b&w (illustratore). First Edition. Book has speckling on bottom paper edges (remainder???); very light shelf wear top/bottom of spine. DJ has light chipping on bottom edge of DJ spine; 3/4" closed tear top front edge of DJ; 4 corners of DJ are lightly knicked. 268pp with Index. Ivory/black cloth. Stated 1st Ed. Tight, square, bright copy with firm corners. No internal names, notes or markings. Unclipped DJ in Mylar cover. Photo illus. in B&W. Includes USPS Tracking number. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Military. Codice libro della libreria 15939
Descrizione libro Doubleday & Company Inc., Garden City, New York, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 1st Edition. Remainder spray on bottom page block. Worn, rubbed dust jacket. From dust jacket: 'But behind his wide grin and placid exterior, Ike, as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II and later as President, was the free world's foremost spymaster, at the top of an intelligence pyramid responsible for some of the greatest coups in espionage history as well as for some of its most ignominious failures. Ike's Spies is the story of Eisenhower's role as the eminence grise of cloak-and-dagger exploits, from the decisive ULTRA secrets to the training of the Cuban refugees massacred at the Bay of Pigs. Ike's Spies is much more than an operational history. It is an account of the transformation of the wartime OSS into the CIA, and the rapid growth of America's intelligence community during the Cold War. Much previously unpublished material, especially the author's interviews with Eisenhower himself and his agents, makes this a must for anyone interested in spies and the foxy grandpa who ran them'. Inventory #27-2A-001321-3254. Codice libro della libreria 001321