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