The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

An original and penetrating assessment of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, showing Ike?s enormous influence on modern America, the Cold War, and on the presidency itself. In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. H An original and penetrating assessment of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, showing Ike?s enormous influence on mod...

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Title:The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s
Author:William I. Hitchcock
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Genres:History
ISBN:1439175667
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:672 pages pages

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s Reviews

  • Brian
    May 13, 2018
    I was amazed at everything I did not know about Eisenhower and his administration from 1953 through 1960. At times I felt the author Hitchcock was less than impartial, since occasionally I felt he was justifying his decision to lead a charge of historians in re-examining Eisenhower as ...
  • Brent
    Dec 03, 2017
    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...
  • Cynthia
    Mar 19, 2018
    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...
  • Brian Eshleman
    Jul 06, 2018
    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...
  • Jim Cullison
    Jul 23, 2018
    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Mar 17, 2018
    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...
  • Chris Jaffe
    Jun 13, 2018
    This .... isn't bad. It's solid. That's what it is. It's a nice, solid telling of the Eisenhower administration. Solid -- that's a good thing to be. It's nothing more than solid, though. If you've already read about the Eisenhower administration (which I had), you don't get a huge a...
  • Snidely
    Jul 08, 2018
    I think the author wrote an engrossing book with just the right pace and degree of detail. Now that I've read this very good book, I'm not sure that I wouldn't have been happier by not reading it. I had held Eisenhower in high esteem because of his superior accomplishments and cond...
  • Rick
    May 26, 2018
    William Hitchcock has taken an amazing and complex man in Dwight Eisenhower and written a dull and drab book on him. Basically he writes from the angle of Ike being a hero of his. That's fine but he sells the man short by not examining the mistakes Eisenhower made in office. His move...
  • Bill Powers
    Apr 20, 2018
    I've always considered Eisenhower to be underrated as President of the United States. Hitchcock's very thorough and detailed assessment of Eisenhower as politician, President and leader of the free world supports that view. Through the prism of time, Ike stands out as the right man at ...
  • Kirsten Cutler
    Apr 29, 2018
    This is a fascinating book. Eisenhower, a WW2 warrior who knew the horrific consequences of war resisted efforts to draw America into any global conflicts but at the same time, he presided over the development of the CIA and its subsequent insidious interventions around the World. He w...
  • Linda Anderson
    Jun 25, 2018
    The author spent 8 years writing this book and it showed. The book is logically organized around events of the Eisenhower administration. The book has informed me of a great deal of history I had not previously known. I also see Eisenhower in a new way. I will definitely read additiona...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Apr 28, 2018
    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...
  • David Monreal
    Jun 18, 2018
    Absolutely phenomenal biography I checked this book out, didn?t read it, and returned it to the library. A week later I was in the library and it was back on the shelf so I decided to give it another chance. I am so glad I did! I feel like I was in the most interesting history cla...
  • John Yingling
    May 03, 2018
    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...
  • Chris Carson
    Apr 01, 2018
    Excellent book on the Age of Eisenhower, often reported as a mediocre President compared to FDR and JFK - Ike was an accomplished leader before entering the White House and further his stature with two terms of deft world leadership while helping our nation transform at home. A Pre...
  • Jean
    Aug 11, 2018
    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...
  • Caroleacverizon.net
    Jul 18, 2018
    A comprehensive look at Eisenhower's administration in the 50's. Viewed from afar it was a serene period, strong economy, no active conflicts, and civil rest. But within this Biography the author recounts the often difficult actions in the Cold War and the numerous incursions by the CI...
  • Nooilforpacifists
    Jun 17, 2018
    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...
  • E
    Jun 04, 2018
    Don't let the title fool you--this is a biography of an 8-year presidential administration (or two administrations, if you want to get technical). Bigger looks at what the "age of Eisenhower" entailed are few and far between. Hitchcock's look at Ike is balanced. He is harsher on Eisenh...
  • Melissa Dee
    Mar 21, 2018
    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...
  • Mitchell Kaufman
    Apr 04, 2018
    Just an excellent biography of David Dwight Eisenhower and his underappreciated role in American history, warts and all. This isn't a perfect president, it isn't a partisan president, but it is about a very effective and underrated president. ...
  • Jeff Francis
    May 12, 2018
    It?s arguable that no recent-history president is more inextricably linked to the decade in which he served than Dwight ?Ike? Eisenhower and the 1950s. Fitting, then, that with ?The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s,? William Hitchcock takes the approach t...
  • Joseph J.
    May 02, 2018
    A decade of research has produced THE account of the Eisenhower Presidency. Perhaps after our longest war(s) in history Ike's reputation has soared-now ranked as our fifth greatest President. This book would justify that rank. Unlike other micro-history bestsellers which delve into a q...
  • David Britten
    May 11, 2018
    A brilliant history of the Eisenhower presidency that gives a fair understanding of the world and national political scene, while correcting the inaccurate portrayal of Ike?s leadership beyond WW2. One of our greatest president?s, Ike had an astounding record on international affai...
  • Cheyne
    May 28, 2018
    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...
  • Scott  Hitchcock
    Jul 09, 2018
    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...
  • TMcB
    May 29, 2018
    The prism of time provides the best view on both history, in general, and presidential leadership, in particular. Time has been kind to President Dwight D. Eisenhower who served from 1953 to 1961. In the two decades following his presidency, his was deemed mediocre and lethargic?.ran...
  • ALLEN
    Mar 24, 2018
    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...
  • Mary Jo
    Jul 15, 2018
    This book is a rich and compelling study of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his administration and the time in which he lived. Author William Hitchcock is fair and judicious in his assessments of Eisenhower's successes and failures. He is also a wonderful writer---clear, concise and...