By Paul Johnson
Within the rousing sort he’s recognized for, celebrated biographer Paul Johnson deals a desirable portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower, focusing relatively on his years as a five-star normal and his time because the thirty-fourth President of the United States.
Johnson chronicles President Eisenhower's modest early life in Kansas, his university years at West element, and his swift ascent during the army ranks, culminating in his appointment as perfect Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe in the course of global battle II. starting whilst Eisenhower assumed the presidency from Harry Truman in 1952, Johnson paints a wealthy portrait of his consecutive phrases, exploring his risky courting with then-Vice President Richard Nixon, his abhorrence of isolationism, and his place at the chilly battle, McCarthyism, and the Civil Rights flow. Johnson notes that once Eisenhower left the White condominium at age 70, reluctantly passing the torch to President-elect John F. Kennedy, he feared for the country’s destiny and prophetically warned of the looming military-industrial complex.
Many parts of Eisenhower’s presidency converse to American politics this day, together with his skill to stability the finances and talent in handling an oppositional Congress. This short but entire learn will entice biography fanatics in addition to to fans of presidential historical past and army background alike.
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