- Hardcover: 650 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; First edition (1963)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000OLC3HI
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,997,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mandate for Change, 1953-1956: The White House Years, A Personal Account Hardcover – 1963
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This book is organized by topics, which largely follow chronological order. The story begins with the erosion of his long stated unwillingness to enter politics. Although his entry was restrained, he eventually became totally committed. The details of the campaign followed by the assembly of the administration give the reader an insight into what really went on during the course of a 50s campaign. Ike's account of the post election meeting between himself and his staff with their counterparts in the outgoing Truman administration provides an interesting contrast with Truman's report of the same meeting.
The chapters about the actual administration take the reader into the summits in Bermuda and Geneva., through his heart attack and the initial plans for the 1956 campaign.
Much of Eisenhower's attention is devoted to overseas challenges, including the end of the War in Korea, attempted Communist takeovers in Guatemala and Iran, early stage negotiations over the British garrison at Suez, a potential East-West flash point between Italy and Yugoslavia involving jurisdiction over Trieste and issues relating to the defense of Formosa, which focused largely on decisions concerning the defense of Quemoy, the Matsus and other off shore islands. Ike reports a carefully thought out strategy to achieve the defense of the Free World without leading it over the precipice to nuclear war over relatively insignificant islands.Read more ›
The best thing about this book that I found was the details of the Vietnam Policy. Reading this book, I found out that the Vietnam War that the US was involved in actually began with the Eisenhower adminstration, and not the Kennedy adminstration, though it was Kennedy who first sent soldiers there. The chapter on how the US dealt with France on the Vietnam issue was extremely interesting to read.Read more ›