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Chicago Sun-Times journalist Neal (The Eisenhowers: Reluctant Dynasty, etc.) makes quite a reach to document a close relationship that never was. Eisenhower and Truman who agreed on little would concur that their two presidencies played a large role in shaping the postwar world. They would no doubt be astonished, however, to find themselves called partners. Neal makes much of the fact that the two men (who did not meet until 1945) were raised within 150 miles of each other. He also labors to apply the label "partnership" to Eisenhower's service under Truman following WWII, first as Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (1945-1948), and later, following a two-year stint as president of Columbia University (1948-1950), as Supreme Allied Commander for NATO/Europe and Commander of U.S. Forces, Europe (1950-1952). As Neal himself recounts, Ike, a national hero courted by both parties, refused Truman's invitation to run for president as a Democrat in '52 and instead went Republican. During his campaign, for the sake of political expediency, he refrained from defending his and Truman's mutual friend, George C. Marshall, from unfounded attacks by Senator Joe McCarthy, which infuriated Truman. After Ike's election, Truman received not a single White House invitation and was never consulted on any issues. The two men met rarely thereafter, and when they did it was usually at funerals: the first of them Marshall's in 1959, the last of them Kennedy's in 1963. There is an interesting study yet to be written about Harry and Ike, but it will not include the word partnership in its subtitle.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
After helping lead the Allies to the victory that freed Europe in World War II, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower played another important role in aiding his commander in chief, Harry Truman, to launch the Marshall Plan, reorganize American armed services, and establish NATO. Their fruitful collaboration came to an end during the 1952 presidential campaign that put Eisenhower in the White House as a Republican successor to Democrat Truman. Partisanship brought the erstwhile friends to a "mutual contempt" that held until they reconciled near the end of their lives. The author, political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a former White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, documents the long association of two men who between them held the presidency from 1945 to 1961 and whose common vision helped to shape the postwar world in its early years. Scholars, however, will find little beyond some new details on an era they already know well, while Neal lacks the narrative gift to keep general readers absorbed and doesn't quite clinch the case that "Harry and Ike were the partnership that saved the West." While this book is the first to highlight their relationship, fuller portraits of either man are available in many other books, including Neal's own The Eisenhowers: Reluctant Dynasty (LJ 9/15/78). An optional purchase. Robert F. Nardini, Chichester, NH
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