Eisenhower: Soldier and President

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 15, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 635 pages
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Stephen E. Ambrose draws upon extensive sources, an unprecedented degree of scholarship, and numerous interviews with Eisenhower himself to offer the fullest, richest, most objective rendering yet of the soldier who became president.

He gives us a masterly account of the European war theater and Eisenhower's magnificent leadership as Allied Supreme Commander. Ambrose's recounting of Eisenhower's presidency, the first of the Cold War, brings to life a man and a country struggling with issues as diverse as civil rights, atomic weapons, communism, and a new global role.

Along the way, Ambrose follows the 34th President's relations with the people closest to him, most of all Mamie, his son John, and Kay Summersby, as well as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Harry Truman, Nixon, Dulles, Khrushchev, Joe McCarthy, and indeed, all the American and world leaders of his time. This superb interpretation of Eisenhower's life confirms Stephen Ambrose's position as one of our finest historians.
 

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Contents

Foreword
11
Abilene West Point World War I
15
Between the Wars
36
Preparing the First Offensive
60
North Africa Sicily and Italy
83
DDay and the Liberation of France
120
The West Wall and the Battle of the Bulge
160
The Last Offensive
182
Peace in KoreaCoup in IranAtoms for Peace
327
McCarthy and Vietnam
346
ChiNats and ChiComs
373
The Geneva Summit and a Heart Attack
389
The 1956 Campaign
412
Little Rock and Sputnik
436
1958A Most Difficult Year
455
Transition and Assessment
530

Peace
204
Columbia NATO and Politics
238
Candidate
268
Getting Started
288
The Chance for Peace
301
Elder Statesman
549
Epilogue
572
Bibliography
595
MAPS
623
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About the author (1991)

Stephen E. Ambrose is Boyd Professor of History and Director of the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans. He is the author of the critically acclaimed three-volume biography of Richard Nixon, Nixon: The Education of a Politician 1913-1962, Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician 1962-1972, and Nixon: Ruin and Recovery 1973-1990.