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Eisenhower : becoming the leader of the free world
Galambos, Louis, author.
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Publication Information:
Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

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xiii, 280 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
In this engaging, fast-paced biography, Louis Galambos follows the career of Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower, offering new insight into this singular man who guided America toward consensus at home and a peaceful victory in the Cold War. The long-time editor of the Eisenhower papers, Galambos may know more about this president than anyone alive. In this compelling book, he explores the shifts in Eisenhowers identity and reputation over his lifetime and explains how he developed his distinctive leadership skills. As a career military officer, Eisenhowers progress was uneven. Galambos shows how Ike, with the help of Brigadier General Fox Conner, his mentor and patron, learned how to profit from his mistakes, pivot quickly, and grow as a military and civilian leader. On D-Day, Eisenhower guided the largest amphibian force in history to a successful invasion of France and a decisive victory. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, he turned to politics and was elected president in 1952. While todays fiercely partisan political climate makes it difficult to imagine a president forging consensus in Washington, thats exactly what Eisenhower did. As Americas leader in an era of profound postwar changes at home and abroad, President Eisenhower sought a middle way with compromise and coalition building. He provided his country with firm-handed leadership, bringing prosperity and peace to the American people in the dangerous years of the Cold Waran accomplishment that made him one of the most influential men of the twentieth century. Destined to be the best short biography of the 34th president of the United States, Eisenhower conclusively demonstrates how and why this master of the middle way became the successful leader of the free world.
Part I. Getting a grip on Ike. Trouble -- Abilene -- Locked in -- Epiphany -- Tested -- Part II. Becoming supreme. Combat -- The decision -- Tested again -- Part III. Becoming the leader of the free world. Duty, honor, party -- Pursuing prosperity -- Pursuing peace -- The wise man.
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