historian Paul Johnson’s lively, succinct biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower
explores how his legacy endures today.
In the rousing style he’s
famous for, celebrated biographer Paul Johnson offers a fascinating portrait of
Dwight D. Eisenhower, focusing particularly on his years as a five-star general
and his time as the thirty-fourth president of the United States.
Johnson chronicles Eisenhower’s modest childhood in Kansas, his college years at West
Point, and his rapid ascent through the military ranks, culminating in his
appointment as supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World
War II. Beginning when Eisenhower assumed the presidency from Harry Truman in
1952, Johnson paints a rich portrait of his two consecutive terms, exploring
his volatile relationship with vice president Richard Nixon, his
abhorrence of isolationism, and his position on the Cold War, McCarthyism, and
the civil rights movement. Johnson notes that when Eisenhower left the White
House at age seventy, reluctantly passing the torch to president-elect John F.
Kennedy, he feared for the country’s future and prophetically warned of the
looming military-industrial complex.
Many elements of
Eisenhower’s presidency speak to American politics today, including his ability
to balance the budget and his skill in managing an oppositional congress. This
brief yet comprehensive study will appeal to biography lovers, as well as enthusiasts of presidential history and military history. Download and start listening now!