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The 34th U.S. president to hold office, Dwight D. Eisenhower won America over with his irresistible "I like Ike" slogan. Bringing to the presidency his prestige as a commanding general during World War II, he worked incessantly during his two terms to ease the tensions of the cold war. Pursuing the moderate policies of "Modern Republicanism," he left a legacy of a stronger and more powerful nation.

From his crucial role in support of Brown v. Board of Education to the National Defense Education Act, The Eisenhower Years provides a well-balanced study of these politically charged years. Biographical entries on key figures of the Eisenhower era, such as Allen W. Dulles, Joseph R. McCarthy, and Rosa Parks, combine with speeches such as the Military Industrial Complex speech, the Open Skies proposal, the disturbance at Little Rock address, Eisenhower Doctrine, and his speech after the Soviet launch of Sputnik to give an in-depth look at the executive actions of this administration.

Biographical entries include:

William J. Brennan Roy M. Cohn John Foster Dulles Orval Faubus J. William Fulbright John Kenneth Galbraith Clare Booth Luce Thurgood Marshall Joseph R. McCarthy George Meany Arthur Miller Richard M. Nixon Rosa Parks Norman Vincent Peale Francis Gary Powers Sam T. Rayburn Earl Warren.


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Booklist Review

Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of the U.S. from January 1953 until January 1960, a time of rapid growth and change following World War II. These years included the beginnings of space exploration, the cold war, school-integration issues, the McCarthy investigations into subversion, and warnings of excessive influence of the military-industrial complex. This volume presents highlights of the Eisenhower administration and is part of the Presidential Profiles series published by Facts On File. An introductory essay provides a summary of Eisenhower's presidency. Mayer and 24 other contributors have written more than 500 biographies of individuals who were key figures in American history during the Eisenhower presidency. The biographies are arranged alphabetically and vary in length from half of a page to 10 pages each, with more than 16 pages devoted to Eisenhower. Each entry lists birth and death (if applicable) dates and the individual's title and discusses that person's career and achievements. The appendixes include a chronology, lists of principal U.S. government officials, and six primary documents, among them Eisenhower's first inaugural address and the Open Skies address of 1955. The selected bibliography is quite lengthy (35 pages, 19 of them devoted to biographies) and is arranged into subject categories such as Politics, Defense Policy, and Civil Rights and Minorities. The volume concludes with a subject index. This would be a very useful tool for academic and public libraries. Also available as an e-book.--Talley, Kaye Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Part of Facts On File's "Presidential Profiles" series, this volume is primarily made up of A-to-Z biographical entries on 500 prominent individuals who served in the Eisenhower administration (e.g., John Foster Dulles) or in Congress or state government (e.g., Sen. Joe McCarthy and Gov. Orval Faubus) during Eisenhower's administration or who achieved fame in fields like the media, academia, and civil rights (e.g., David Sarnoff, Seymour Martin Lipset, and Roy Wilkins) during the same period. The work also features a useful chronology of the Eisenhower years and a listing of cabinet and sub-cabinet officials, members of Congress, and governors. The section of selected primary documents encompasses Eisenhower's speeches on the military-industrial complex and the Little Rock integration crisis. Written by a scholar of the Eisenhower presidency, this work contains much interesting information, including a fine introductory essay on the era. But one wonders whether anyone would think to consult this book for biographical information when probably much more is available in the highly respected American National Biography Online, published by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. Bottom Line Readers wanting a panoptic view of the era might look for popular and well-regarded narratives such as David Halberstam's The Fifties or Taylor Branch's Parting the Waters. Nevertheless, Mayer's "pointillist history of the 1950s" is recommended for larger public and academic collections.-Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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The 34th U.S. president to hold office, Dwight D. Eisenhower won America over with his irresistibleI like Ikeslogan. Bringing to the presidency his prestige as a commanding general during World War II, he worked incessantly during his two terms to ease the tensions of the cold war. Pursuing the moderate policies ofModern Republicanism,he left a legacy of a stronger and more powerful nation.From his crucial role in support ofBrown v. Board of Educationto the National Defense Education Act,The Eisenhower Yearsprovides a well-balanced study of these politically charged years. Biographical entries on key figures of the Eisenhower era, such as Allen W. Dulles, Joseph R. McCarthy, and Rosa Parks, combine with speeches such as the Military Industrial Complex speech, the Open Skies proposal, the disturbance at Little Rock address, Eisenhower Doctrine, and his speech after the Soviet launch ofSputnikto give an in-depth look at the executive actions of this administration.Biographical entries include:Roy M. CohnAllen W. DullesJohn Kenneth GalbraithThurgood MarshallJoseph R. McCarthyGeorge MeanyArthur MillerRosa ParksNorman Vincent PealeFrancis Gary Powers. Excerpted from The Eisenhower Years by Michael S. Mayer All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.