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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Until the day he died, Ike wondered how to properly explain his legacy as President. Of all the years I've studied history, especially The Cold War, "Ike's Bluff" probably helped make the most sense ... Read full review

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Patience, dear reader. Parts of "Bluff" are a slog. I wondered if I really needed to know that so-and-so said such-and-such about a cabinet member's interpersonal skills, seventy years ago. But thirty ... Read full review

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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