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“Absorbing . . . a historical double-decker. . . . Miller develops [Truman and Eisenhower’s] often uncomfortable, but unavoidable relationship with rich context and resonance.”
“Deft. . . . Insightful. . . . This is a book for those who enjoy history and cherish its ironies. . . . William Lee Miller is a scholar with a light-handed style as anecdotal as it is academic. He keeps his subjects off pedestals and firmly grounded as he relates the momentous events that confronted them and how each rose in stature to respond, for they were two surprisingly ordinary men. . . . Miller delights in telling stories. . . . Stories told affectionately with insight and sensitivity, messages ringing with relevance for us today.”
—Washington Independent Review of Books
“Intriguing. . . . Miller is keen analyzing both politics and policy; he frequently turns a deft phrase. . . . Two Americans admirably succeeds in conveying [Truman and Eisenhower’s] probity and patriotism.”
“An enthralling book.”
—History Book Club
“A rewarding study. . . . Miller aptly and in clear prose describes the rise of both men and outlines their policies as president."
—Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains
“Miller offers lively, well-presented parallel biographies. . . . The author is primarily interested in comparing the experiences of these two men as they rose through the ranks of their chosen professions, and their approaches to government as exemplified by several specific issues. . . . Entertaining reading for presidential-history buffs.”
William Lee Miller was a Scholar in Ethics and Institutions at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, and taught at Yale, Smith College, and Indiana University. His previous books include Arguing About Slavery, Lincoln’s Virtues, and President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman. He died in 2012.See all Editorial Reviews
Interesting to contrast the 2 presidents, but the author's writing style is not compelling.Published 7 months ago by Michael Matute
an excellent presentation contrasting two men
whoose lives shaped post WW 2. It gave me not only information but also an awareness of their differences and why. Read more
Excellent historical retrospective of the lives and achievements of two US Presidents who served from World War II through the Cold War. Well researched and written.Published 13 months ago by Larry Gevirtz
The book starts out a little draggy, and then picks up. But towards the end it slows down to a crawl, like going on a 65 mile road at 35 miles. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steve Schiffman
As a student in grade school during Eisenhower's term made this book even more interesting. Author reveals little know facts.Published 15 months ago by J Hogan
A story of two presidents, each quite different, who both served their country in a terribly hard job. Well done by the author, although I doubt he voted for Ike. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Fred Gates