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Eisenhower and the Cold War

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ISBN-10: 0195028244
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"A judicious and cogent vindication of Eisenhower's prudent and moderate conduct of statecraft during his two terms."--Stephen J. Whitfield, Brandeis University


"This excellent survey by a distinguished diplomatic historian represents an important contribution to the ongoing process of Eisenhower revisionism."--History: Reviews of New Books


"Those who are concerned with present policy and its consequences will find these essays provocative."--Military Review


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Beloved as a World War II hero, Dwight D. Eisenhower was for many years considerably less appreciated as a president. He was viewed as a lazy and ineffectual statesman, a 'do-nothing' who relied on men like Sherman Adams and John Foster Dulles to conduct national affairs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 26, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195028244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195028249
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert A. Divine's Eisenhower and the Cold War is a decidedly pro-Eisenhower treatment of American foreign policy during the Republican administration of the 1950s. Divine's Eisenhower is far from the do-nothing Ike whom critics have accused of deferring foreign policy to his subordinates; he is, on the contrary, a rational, calculating, active force exercising full control over decisions involving American security. Blessed with charm, self-confidence even in the midst of crises, and remarkable self-constraint, Divine's Ike appears as an exceptional, perhaps "great" President, unique among post-World War II American Presidents for his broad background in international affairs. Certainly, the author concedes that Eisenhower had certain shortcomings, such as a touchy sensitivity to public criticism and a European-oriented view of the world. Nevertheless, this book dwells heavily on Ike's foreign policy successes: bringing the Korean war to an end within six months of taking office, keeping America out of the crisis over the Suez Canal, refusing to intervene by arms and men in Indochina and Red China, refusing to force a showdown with the Soviets over Berlin, ending the atmospheric explosions of nuclear weapons. All the while, Divine's Eisenhower carefully guides foreign policy on a tough yet moderate course, seeking to decrease Cold War tensions while balancing economic and political imperatives alongside national security requirements.
Divine breaks this study up into four sections: Eisenhower as President, Massive Retaliation and Asia, the Middle East, and the Russians. (He admits that this is no full-scale treatment of Ike's foreign policy.
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I learned a lot that I was not aware of involving Ike. The author presents a lot of historical info in an interesting way.
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A very good, quick read book. Excellent source of information. Reveals many misunderstandings of the Eisenhower administration. If you have an interest in The Cold War, here is the man that but some teeth into US policy (right, wrong, or otherwise)
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