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Firsthand Report The Story of the Eisenhower Administration Hardcover – 1961

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  • Hardcover: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Brothers; First Edition edition (1961)
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on September 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"First Hand Report" is the memoir of Sherman Adams, assistant to President Eisenhower. Adams provides his recollections and assessments of the main issues confronting Eisenhower during his first six years. Adams was the governor of New Hampshire when he and other moderate Republicans, promoted the Eisenhower candidacy both to the candidate and the public.

A reading of this book establishes the Eisenhower years as an era of repeated confrontation and crisis. Adams begins his narrative during the campaign which included his floor management of the Eisenhower campaign at the 1952 Chicago convention. Adams does not hide the divisions between the conservative Taft wing of the party and the more liberal, which came to be known as the Eisenhower, wing. Controversies started during the campaign including the selection of Richard Nixon as Ike's running mate and the association with Republicans, such as Sens. McCarthy and Jenner, from whom Ike preferred to distance himself. Probably the greatest crisis of the campaign was the Nixon Fund Episode. The "I shall go to Korea" speech is presented as the election clinching promise.

The election won, Eisenhower started to assemble his team including Adams as Assistant to the President. Adams participated in the selection of the Cabinet and other key administration personalities.

Adams' position gave him a unique perspective to observe administration decisions and personal interactions. He devotes one chapter to the essential relationship between Eisenhower and Dulles, which would shape Foreign Policy during the administration and which would cast such a long shadow.

Adams goes though a series of challenges. An early one was the French call for aid in the Indo-Chinese war.
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I enjoyed the book and got a view inside the whitehouse of 1953-1961. Sherman Adam's firsthand account of the eisenhower Administration was straightforwar,candid and well written. He was designated the president's assistance and was qualified to give a clear account because he was closest to the President. His administration was apparently one of the best of the 20th Century. He was a republican yet he did things for the country that were ahead of his time. In fact in my eyes he carried out the new deal as promised by f.d.r. back in 1932. The united states was able to keep the Russians from overpowering the world first with Harry Truman's response in the Korean War and then subsequent actions in Southeast asia,the middle east,europe through eisenhower's leadership.. I believe tha Lait and Mortimer wh wrote U>S>A confidential would have tried to crucify the eisenhower administration as the attempted to crucify the Roosevelt and Truman administration.
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