Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis--Suez and the Brink of War
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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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Generally when one thinks of our thirty-fourth president, one thinks of golf. Indeed, during Eisenhower’s eight years in office (from 1953-1961) he played almost 800 rounds of golf. Plagued by a ... Read full review
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