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Dwight D. Eisenhower (The American Presidents #34)

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  12 reviews
An American icon and hero faces a nation-and a world-in transition

A bona-fide American hero at the close of World War II, General Dwight Eisenhower rode an enormous wave of popularity into the Oval Office seven years later. Though we may view the Eisenhower years through a hazy lens of 1950s nostalgia, historians consider his presidency one of the least successful. At home
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Times Books
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Craig Knott
I got a strange sense while reaing this book that Ike was a failure as a President according to Tom Wicker. After a few short chapters on his career prior to the presidency. Chapter after chapter covered near successes that could be taken as failures and Ike's shortcomings. As I was nearing the end of the book, the hack author, revealed his typical journalistic bias in a blatant Kennedy loving statement. Talking about the bay of pigs Wicker excuses "Kennedy's Bay of Pigs" disaster as Ike's fault ...more
Shawn Thrasher
Wicker's makes the statement that Ike was "a great man, but not quite a great president" at the end of the book, but this is pretty much his sentiment throughout. He convincingly makes the argument that while Eisenhower wasn't necessarily blundering his way through the 1950s, he certainly was squandering. A beloved, father figure of a president with much political will and capital, he could have done so much more but did not. Wasted opportunities included peace with Russia, truly fighting McCart ...more
Steven Voorhees
I've read several installments of THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS series. This volume was particularly impressive, for here one gets a feel for both Ike the leader and for the times in which he governed -- the 1950s. The '50s appear to be a placid decade -- a ten year span of June Cleaver, bobby socks and coonskin caps. But just below the surface, the '50s raged: the birth of the Civil Rights Movement, McCarthyism and the ensuing communist hysteria and serious US involvement in Vietnam all transpired in ...more
Steven Peterson
"I like Ike." A statement that defined the political world of the 1950s. The popular leader of Allied forces in the European Theater during World War II received high approval ratings from the public throughout his presidency. This brief book, a part of The American Presidents series, provides a brief and readable glimpse of Ike's life and his presidency. The author is Tom Wicker, who originally achieved considerable visibility as a columnist with The New York Times.

If you're like me, you might
Gary Schantz
In a nutshell, Eisenhower spent 8 years on a peace-keeping mission which shouldn't be confused with placating enemies for the sake of making everyone happy.

He seemed to have addressed every problem by delegating out duties to others to get problems resolved unless he was forced to get involved. This viewpoint certainly encourages the idea that all he did was play golf, take naps, and visit his farm in Gettysburg.

Considering that WWII had just ended; Korea came and went; Vietnam was a few years a
Alicia Joy
The style of writing was simple and clear. I could have done without the personal anecdotes in the last chapter. Eisenhower played a significant role in history but may have been able to have greater influence on relations with Russia and between balcks and whites.
Peter Mayeux
This was a brief, but interesting profile of Eisenhower's time as he approached and left the presidency and the two terms he had in the White House. Tom Wicker is an excellent writer. He provided interesting stories about issues and intrigue that surrounded Eisenhower's time as president. Wicker was critical in places, but the criticism was fair and balanced.

This little book is one in a series of books on American presidents. I have read a few others in the series. This one makes a good addition
Good not great. Definitely presented in a 'textbook style' that made it a little dry for an audio book.

The one thing that was a little bit of a surprise was Ike's disdain for the Civil Rights movement. I'd always considered him a moderate on this topic, but this book frames him as completely unenthusiastic about this issue in the immediate aftermath of Brown v. Topeka.
Seems as if Ike did nothing great but did not let anything bad happen either. Wicker seems down on Ike as politician but likes him as a natural leader. Only addresses eight years of presidency, and has increased my interest in reading more on Ike to get a second opinion.
Sean Chick
About as fair a book on Ike's presidency as you'll ever read.
Kirk Bower
Not bad, not great. Some would say good.
Lively and enjoyable.
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