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- Listening Length: 19 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 4, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005SA66HS
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Eisenhower: The White House Years Audiobook – Unabridged
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Well give Newton some points for honesty. Freed of the Los Angeles Times bias, he reviewed the record and evidence and concluded that (A) Eisenhower got a lot done; and (B) Eisenhower was a great man for the times; and (C) a calm and placid exterior in the Eisenhower White House didn't mean that there was not a lot going on under the surface.
He avoided costly mistakes by refusing to get engaged in Asian land wars but he set some bad precedents in secret meddling in third world governments.
It takes concentration and dedicated reading time to get through this, but overall it is an excellent work of historical biography about one of the best U.S. Presidents we have had.
As the title of the book implies, this is mainly a look at Eisenhower during the eight years he was president.
Eisenhower came to office early in the Cold War. America was still involved in the Korean War. Relations with the Soviet Union were tense. Eisenhower had a lot on his plate on his first day as president.
Despite being a man of the military for most of his life, Eisenhower usually sought peaceful and diplomatic solutions to problems. He ended the Korean War during his first year and did not involve America in another large-scale conflict. In his dealings with foreign nations, especially the Soviet Union and China, Eisenhower used diplomacy to find compromises in order to avoid military conflict. He was not always above peace. During his years, he ordered the CIA to use covert action to effect regime changes in countries such as Iran and Guatemala.
Although Eisenhower was a Republican, he always saw himself as a moderate rather than a conservative. He liked to say that he wanted to find the middle way between the left and the right. This showed up in Eisenhower's domestic policies such as appointing a liberal, Earl Warren, Chief Justice. He supported projects such as the Interstate Highway System. He opposed increasing defense spending. This also caused a rather dark spot on his legacy, that of civil rights. He was not an enthusiastic supporter of civil rights legislation. His middle way approach caused him to compromise on this important issue.
Eisenhower's years as president are generally seen as years of economic prosperity for America at home and peace abroad.
I thought this book was a good look at President Eisenhower. It was not excessively detailed but provided a good overview of the many major events and decisions of his presidency. I would recommend this book to those interested in presidential history or American History.
I voted for Ike. My children were born during his 8 years as President. Those were busy years as a "mom".
I'm grateful for having this book to read of the events then.
I found the sections on Eisenhower's advisors to be most interesting.
I would highly recommend it.