Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis--Suez and the Brink of War

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 14, 2012 - History - 368 pages
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A gripping tale of international intrigue, betrayal, and personal drama during the darkest days of the Cold War, Eisenhower 1956 is the first major book to examine the event in thirty years.

Debunking most historians’ opinion that the Suez crisis was merely a minor incident linked to the end of colonial rule in Egypt, Eisenhower 1956—drawing on hundreds of newly declassified documents—makes clear that it was the most dangerous crisis of Eisenhower’s presidency. Eisenhower used economic threats to force his British, French, and Israeli allies to withdraw from Egypt and put U.S. military forces on alert to deter Soviet intervention in the Middle East. Current U.S. policy in the region dates to the Suez crisis, when we replaced Great Britain as the guarantor of stability.

Acclaimed Eisenhower expert David Nichols masterfully weaves great personal drama—Eisenhower’s two life-threatening illnesses—with simultaneous world crises (America’s closest allies invade Egypt while the Soviets invade Hungary) and the final days of the 1956 presidential election campaign into a white-knuckle read. 
  

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User Review  - Philip100 - LibraryThing

This is a very good book. I now understand the position we are in in the Mid-East. We could use people like Eisenhower now to get us out of the quagmire we have gotten into at home and abroad. I feel everyone should read Eisenhower 1956. Read full review

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User Review  - Tim Countryman - Goodreads

Very well written and well researched look at probably the most critical foreign policy issue the Eisenhower administration faced. Read full review

Contents

The Man and the Moment
1
Crises of the Heart
18
Back in the Saddle Again
42
The Candidate
66
A Tangle of Policy and Politics
83
Trouble over Aswan
108
A Growing Rift
133
Betrayal of Trust
159
Days of Crisis
216
A Perfect Storm
238
A Reluctant Withdrawal
258
Waging Peace
275
Acknowledgments
287
Photo Credits
333
108
343
Copyright

DoubleCrossing
188

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About the author (2012)

David A. Nichols, a leading expert on the Eisenhower presidency, is the author of A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution and Lincoln and the Indians. He lives in Winfield, Kansas.

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