Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World

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Little, Brown, Sep 25, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 672 pages
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Evan Thomas's startling account of how the underrated Dwight Eisenhower saved the world from nuclear holocaust.

Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower set about to make good on his campaign promise to end the Korean War. Yet while Eisenhower was quickly viewed by many as a doddering lightweight, behind the bland smile and simple speech was a master tactician. To end the hostilities, Eisenhower would take a colossal risk by bluffing that he might use nuclear weapons against the Communist Chinese, while at the same time restraining his generals and advisors who favored the strikes. Ike's gamble was of such magnitude that there could be but two outcomes: thousands of lives saved, or millions of lives lost.

A tense, vivid and revisionist account of a president who was then, and still is today, underestimated, IKE'S BLUFF is history at its most provocative and thrilling.

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User Review  - buffalogr - LibraryThing

This book is about Eisenhower's foreign policy/military decisions during his presidency--nothing else. I've viewed Ike's terms in office as sort of holding; this book says different--Ike saved the ... Read full review

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User Review  - VGAHarris - LibraryThing

Okay, but spent too much time talking about Ike's golf game and not enough about his diplomacy. Also repetitive in spots, discussing Ike's temperament. The point was clinched early and didn't need repeated anecdotes. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Evan Thomas is the author of several bestselling works of history and biography, including The War Lovers and Sea of Thunder. He was a writer and editor at Time and Newsweek for more than 30 years, and he is frequently a commentator on television and radio. He teaches at Princeton University and lives in Washington, D.C.

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