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Mandate for Change, 1953-1956: The White House Years Hardcover – 1963


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  • Hardcover: 650 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (1963)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00005WCZK
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on September 16, 2005
"Mandate For Change" is Dwight Eisenhower's personal account of his entry into politics and his first administration. It is well organized and written. Like Ike, it is not flashy, but competent and gets the job done.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Magness on December 23, 2003
This volume, along with the later volume WAGING PEACE, comprise President Dwight Eisenhower's Presidential memoirs. It does appear to be written by committee much more than his CRUSADE IN EUROPE, which describes his military activities during World War II and is rightly a classic. Yet is offers an invaluable perspective of this very misunderstood time in American history from the vantage point of the Oval Office. Rather than the bland or conformist image many of us have, this was actually a very eventful period, covering the Korean War, the heating up of the Cold War, the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy and the landmark school segregation decisions of the United States Supreme Court.
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By Barry D. Watts on January 9, 2013
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This was a particularly good read during the last election campaign. Eisenhower articulated conservative positions better than Romney did. Depressing.
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By jon on June 25, 2014
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came on time and book was in better shape then advertised a great book from great man and president.loved reading it
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