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Eisenhower by Jim Newton
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Nov 13, 11

Read from October 04 to November 13, 2011

I was immediately interested in reading more about Eisenhower when I saw this biography about his years in the White House listed on Goodreads. I was thrilled when I won a copy through the giveaways and wasn't in the least disappointed when I read the book. Like many others I did think of Eisenhower as the President between the more interesting presidencies of Truman and Kennedy. I was astonished at everything that went on during Eisenhower's Presidency--from the Cold War, to the civil rights movement, to his appointment of several Supreme Court justices from all political spectrums. One of my biggest surprises was Eisenhower's many peace initiatives and his reluctance in using the atomic bomb. That was not something I would have expected from a WWII general. I was a little disappointed in his willingness to use covert activities in other countries, especially knowing the price we have paid today for those decisions made during his presidency. I was envious of his insistence on compromise and keeping the middle road. If only our politicians today would be willing to learn that art.

I was also appreciative of the first few chapters that the author wrote on Eisenhower's early life especially since the book was focused on his years as President. It was helpful to read about those people that were influential in Eisenhower's life and what made him the man that he became.

I would highly recommend this book to all readers interested in history or in politics. It seems as if there is much that we can learn from a President and/or person like Eisenhower.
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