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Eisenhower, Volume #2: The President (Eisenhower #2)

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Part Two Of Two Parts

In his second installment of the life of Eisenhower, Ambrose paints a man, both decent and complex, whose presidency is increasingly regarded as one of this century's most successful.

Wide-ranging and inclusive, the book covers Eisenhower's rejection of advice to use nuclear weapons, his thinking on defense policy and the Cold War, his actions on civil

Paperback, 749 pages
Published October 1st 1985 by Touchstone Books (first published February 5th 1984)
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I like Ike.

Ambrose did an excellent job of discussing the positive contributions of Ike as president and also talking about his failings. Chief of those failings is probably not taking a stronger stand on civil rights issues. When asked his opinion of school segregation being struck down by the Supreme Court he said his job was to enforce the law and he would do so to the best of his ability but that he recognized that you could not pass a law to make people feel a certain way about a subject.
Jul 28, 2007 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just got this book at a Friends of the Library book sale. Might be the best presidential biography I've ever read, simply because it didn't fall quite as badly into the hero-worship trap as others. While it is obvious that Ambrose had a fondness for Ike, he quite significantly scorches him in the conclusions - that even by Ike's own goals, he wasn't particularly successful. It was a fairly balanced bio, and I appreciate that after reading a lot of garbage.
Ronald Wise
Aug 28, 2011 Ronald Wise rated it really liked it
Volume two of Ambrose's biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower, this one covering his years as President of the United States. A chronological account of Ike's endeavors, successes, and many frustrations during the 1950s and 1960s. I was utterly amazed at how many times his advisers were advocating the use of nuclear weapons, and am grateful that he stood up to them each time. It was interesting to read the many things that began in his presidency and which were prevalent during my childhood and earl ...more
Steve McArthur
Aug 31, 2016 Steve McArthur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic President

And classic Ambrose. Not too detailed as to be boring but enough to grasp who Ike was . Wish we hand hi around today, tough one cannot but compare his results to the Obama presidency. Both tried to go the middle road and both kept us from blowing the world up.
May 18, 2013 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Quite adequate history of the Eisenhower Presidency and post-Presidency. Its strength is that it is not a hagiography. Far from it.

I would not, based on this book at least, rank Eisenhower as a great or near-great President. At best he was a good manager. His failings, which Ambrose did acknowledge, included failing to approach the civil rights movement from a place of morality and integrity, and failing to take a stand on McCarthyism.

I feel that Ambrose was too sympathetic to Eisenhower's ditc
May 13, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing
Love Ambrose's balanced treatment of Ike.
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Jun 14, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it
Eisenhower had to be one of the greatest presidents of all time. If not for him the world would have ended in a nuclear holocaust and he probably won the cold war for us by refusing to escalate the arms race early on. He was the first to warn about the military triangle and what it would do to the economics of the US. Amazing man.
Aug 13, 2013 Danmcgohan rated it really liked it
I am areal fan of Ambrose and have become an admirer of President Eisenhower. This volume details "Ike's" days as President, "the GOOD old days." It describes in detail how Eisenhower governed. Expanded on this desires and passions. Completely enjoyable!
Jennifer Martin
May 02, 2014 Jennifer Martin rated it it was amazing
Excellent biography, clearly illustrates Eisenhower's leadership ability and collaboration skills.
Chris Brimmer
If you only read one volume, this is the one.
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Stephen Edward Ambrose was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. He received his Ph.D. in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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