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Waging Peace: the White House Years A Personal account 1956-1961 Hardcover – 1965

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday & Company; First Edition edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000BPUM5C
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To many, the Eisenhower years were a period during which the United States took a rest and evaded pressing issues. The reader of "Waging Peace" and Ike's earlier book, "Mandate For Change" (see my Amazon review) will quickly discover the fallacy of that impression. They are extensive, in depth studies of the issues which confronted Eisenhower during his White House years.
Both of these books are well organized and skillfully written.

"Waging Peace" begins with the reelection campaign of 1956, and it begins with a bang. Ike did not enjoy the luxury of being able to give his undivided attention to the campaign. In the three weeks leading up to Election Day, the Suez crisis erupted, rioting broke out in Poland and Russian tanks suppressed an independent spirit in Hungary. Suez was particularly trying as it put the U.S. into conflict with its traditional British and French allies. Hungary presented a still debated challenge to America's commitment to the Captive Nations. Any of these would be taxing enough, but in conjunction, they presented perhaps the most difficult combination of peace time events to confront an American president.

As the second term began, Eisenhower engaged in a series of summit meetings, including ones with Nehru of India, Bourgiba of Tunisia and King Saud of Saudi Arabia. The changing of the guard in Great Britain from Anthony Eden to Harold Macmillan necessitated a meeting, even though they had been colleagues going back to World War II.

In 1957 the dispute over integration of Central High School in Little Rock directed attention toward domestic issues. Eisenhower explains the issues of state versus federal jurisdiction and his behind the scenes attempt to influence Gov.
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While I will be the first to admit that Eisenhower did not have the same way with words that a Churchill or other writers of that generation did, he, Eisenhower, never-the-less is quite good on his own grown. Like any autobiographical work, the reader must remember the source and realize that history is being told through the eyes of the person who lived it. There is bound to be a personal bias and slant, to a certain extent. In this case, Gen. Eisenhower has been just about as honest with his readers (and himself) as a person probably can get. This work gives a great peek and insight into the times and the man. This book, along with others (which you really should read just to give the subject ballance) offers much useful information and insight. The books is pretty well illustrated with some very nice black and white photos. Footnoting is adequate and the author uses a easy, if somewhat archaic syntax, which I find refreshing, and I suppose should be expected. Waging Peace is often overlooked on historical reading lists, but I am glad I read it and highly recommend it.
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