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"Boyle has provided a balanced interpretation that should challenge students to possibly re-evaluate their views of Eisenhower." 

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"a lucid, balanced and well-argued analysis…well written and very well researched in both primary and secondary sources.”

Iwan Morgan, History Tthe Journal of the Historical Association, Vol. 91, Iss.4, Number 304, October 2006


'A well crafted and concise synthesis that succeeds in discussing insightfully a diverse body of literature and in encouraging historians to assess Dwight Eisenhower in a new and more positive way.'

Robert Mason, University of Edinburgh

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Dwight D. Eisenhower¿s military and political career clearly marks him as one of the major historical figures of the twentieth century. The issues of the time of his presidency, with the Cold War at its height and serious social, economic and racial tensions at home, made his conduct of affairs of very great historical significance. Peter Boyle incorporates the latest research on Eisenhower into a succinct, analytical assessment of Eisenhower as a statesman in the context of his time


Boyle¿s study of Eisenhower covers the major issues of his presidency, such as relations with the Soviet Union, the Suez Crisis, the Hungarian Revolution, the economy, civil rights, presidential and Congressional elections.  Boyle¿s interpretation goes beyond post-revisionism to argue that Eisenhower¿s handling of the substantial issues of his presidency was extremely effective. Boyle argues, however, that there were some serious weaknesses in Eisenhower¿s political skills, especially with regard to party leadership, grooming a successor and inability to capitalise on policy accomplishments for party political advantage.


Offering a detailed study of Eisenhower¿s accomplishments in domestic and foreign affairs, especially in the light of new evidence from archives and through comparison between Eisenhower and his successors, this book advances an evaluation of Eisenhower which rates him as one of America¿s greatest presidents.


Peter G. Boyle is a Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Nottingham. He has published extensively in the field of American political history and American foreign policy, including American¿Soviet Relations: From the Russian Revolution to the Fall of Communism and an edition of The Churchill¿Eisenhower Correspondence, 1953¿1955.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582287200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582287204
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MarkK VINE VOICE on February 16, 2006
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Like George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant, Dwight David Eisenhower belongs to a select group of American presidents who became the nation's chief executive after a successful career in the military. Yet while there have been numerous books examining Eisenhower's life and career, many stop in 1945 with the end of the Second World War in Europe. As a result, his tenure as president has received far less attention than his time as a general, even though his two terms in the White House were no less important to American history.

It is for this reason that Peter G. Boyle's study of Eisenhower is to be welcomed. An editor of the Churchill-Eisenhower correspondence, his short book focuses on Eisenhower's two terms as president, describing them in chapters which alternate between domestic affairs and foreign policy. Throughout them, Boyle challenges both the contemporary view of Eisenhower as a do-little president and the image of the "hidden-hand" presidency developed by Fred Greenstein in the 1980s, arguing instead that he was an engaged and informed leader throughout his time in office.

Boyle's examination of his subject is rooted in an impressive mix of both the documentary record and the numerous studies of the events of the decade. While generally favorable, he includes criticisms of Eisenhower's record both on civil rights and as a political leader. The flaws that exist in his work are in his description of the political context, which seem rooted in a less-commanding grasp of the decade (his description of the Army-McCarthy showdown is confused, failing to distinguish what were two separate sets of hearings). Nevertheless, with a clear narrative and a thorough bibliography in the back, this is a useful introduction to Eisenhower's presidency, one refreshing for its focus on this often-overlooked portion of his career.
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