The Age of Eisenhower by William I. Hitchcock audiobook

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

By William I. Hitchcock
Read by Arthur Morey

25.65 Hours 03/20/2018 Unabridged
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “A page-turner masterpiece.” —Jim LehrerIn a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. Historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified. Eisenhower’s accomplishments were enormous, and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own tumultuous times. A former general, Ike kept the peace: he ended the Korean War, avoided a war in Vietnam, adroitly managed a potential confrontation with China, and soothed relations with the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death. He guided the Republican Party to embrace central aspects of the New Deal like Social Security. He thwarted the demagoguery of McCarthy and he advanced the agenda of civil rights for African Americans. As part of his strategy to wage, and win, the Cold War, Eisenhower expanded American military power, built a fearsome nuclear arsenal and launched the space race. In his famous Farewell Address, he acknowledged that Americans needed such weapons in order to keep global peace—but he also admonished his citizens to remain alert to the potentially harmful influence of the “military-industrial complex.” From 1953 to 1961, no one dominated the world stage as did President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Age of Eisenhower is the definitive account of this presidency, drawing extensively on declassified material from the Eisenhower Library, the CIA and Defense Department, and troves of unpublished documents. In his masterful account, Hitchcock shows how Ike shaped modern America, and he astutely assesses Eisenhower’s close confidants, from Attorney General Brownell to Secretary of State Dulles. The result is an eye-opening reevaluation that explains why this “do-nothing” president is rightly regarded as one of the best leaders our country has ever had.

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A New York Times bestseller

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A page-turner masterpiece.” —Jim Lehrer

In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. Historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified. Eisenhower’s accomplishments were enormous, and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own tumultuous times.

A former general, Ike kept the peace: he ended the Korean War, avoided a war in Vietnam, adroitly managed a potential confrontation with China, and soothed relations with the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death. He guided the Republican Party to embrace central aspects of the New Deal like Social Security. He thwarted the demagoguery of McCarthy and he advanced the agenda of civil rights for African Americans. As part of his strategy to wage, and win, the Cold War, Eisenhower expanded American military power, built a fearsome nuclear arsenal and launched the space race. In his famous Farewell Address, he acknowledged that Americans needed such weapons in order to keep global peace—but he also admonished his citizens to remain alert to the potentially harmful influence of the “military-industrial complex.”

From 1953 to 1961, no one dominated the world stage as did President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Age of Eisenhower is the definitive account of this presidency, drawing extensively on declassified material from the Eisenhower Library, the CIA and Defense Department, and troves of unpublished documents. In his masterful account, Hitchcock shows how Ike shaped modern America, and he astutely assesses Eisenhower’s close confidants, from Attorney General Brownell to Secretary of State Dulles. The result is an eye-opening reevaluation that explains why this “do-nothing” president is rightly regarded as one of the best leaders our country has ever had.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"A superb synthesis…consistently fair in the conclusions it reaches. By so successfully showing what’s known about the Eisenhower era, this book more than any other will shape how the future remembers it.” John Lewis Gaddis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
“Discusses the full range of challenges that occupied Eisenhower across the eight years of his presidency…[A] rich narrative.” Wall Street Journal
“Outstanding.” Atlantic
“A splendid biography.” Washington Times
“A complete and persuasive assessment.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author Bio: William I. Hitchcock

Author Bio: William I. Hitchcock

William I. Hitchcock is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Age of Eisenhower and The Bitter Road to Freedom, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of Kenyon College and Yale University, he is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and the Randolph Compton Professor at the Miller Center for Public Affairs.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 25.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English