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3.01075268817204 out of 53.01075268817204 out of 53.01075268817204 out of 53.01075268817204 out of 53.01075268817204 out of 5 3.01 (279 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evan Thomas Narrator: Brian Troxell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. As Evan Thomas reveals in his provocative examination of Ike’s White House years, Eisenhower was a master of calculated duplicity. As with his bridge and poker games he was eventually forced to stop playing after leaving too many fellow army officers insolvent, Ike could be patient and ruthless in the con, and generous and expedient in his partnerships. Facing the Soviet Union, China, and his own generals, some of whom believed a first strike was the only means of survival, Eisenhower would make his boldest and riskiest bet yet, one of such enormity that there could be but two outcomes: the survival of the world—or its end.

This is the story of how he won.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With grace, insight, and originality, Evan Thomas has written a brilliant and engaging book about the most important of subjects: how close we came to Armageddon in the seemingly placid 1950s. Thomas’ Eisenhower is a canny savior, a president who kept the peace through feint and bluff. No one writes more astutely or more honestly than Evan Thomas. This is the work of a master of storytelling at his best.”

    Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “Evan Thomas’ profoundly important book shows how the card-playing general who did as much as anyone to win World War II became the president most adroit at preserving peace. Behind his open smile, Eisenhower was a secretive and subtle leader with quiet moral courage. By projecting confidence while keeping his intentions concealed, he became the model of a nuclear-age peacekeeper. Thomas has produced a fascinating history that is also a brilliant guide to great leadership.”

    Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Steve Jobs

  • “Dwight Eisenhower was a great general and president because he was a great leader, and Ike’s Bluff uncracks the code. Evan Thomas’ original and fascinating book is an immersion in the Eisenhower School of Leadership, with lessons not only for presidents and military officers but leaders in other arenas of American life operating in moments of both tranquility and rapid change. Especially in these times, Thomas’ book is an essential reminder that strong leadership can be exercised with kindness, morality and respect for opponents.”

    Michael Beschloss New York Times bestselling author of The Conquerors

  • “A bustling, anecdotal book with a high-concept premise. [Thomas] approaches the ever more changeable Eisenhower legacy with new and intriguing questions.”

    New York Times

  • “Evan Thomas has written an insightful and penetrating study of my father, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dad was a hard man to know; he played it close to the chest. So despite my extensive exposure to him throughout forty six years, I still found myself learning new aspects, some of which, I must admit, are a bit painful. But the balance that Thomas achieves between Eisenhower the public servant and Eisenhower the man is, in my opinion, as close to the mark as we are likely to see.”

    John Eisenhower

  • “A thoroughly researched, tightly organized, and briskly written biography…Thomas is especially skilled at bringing characters of the era to life.”

    Washington Post

  • “An enjoyable book, fast-moving and packed with anecdotes.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An imaginative, approachable volume that may well accelerate Eisenhower’s slow but seemingly inexorable movement toward presidential greatness. Evan Thomas is right. The greatest victories of the man who helped win World War II were the wars he did not fight.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Well-researched and highly readable…Thomas’ account is sure to appeal to older readers who can recall the mandatory duck-and-cover drills in the classroom and to others with an interest in a fascinating and pivotal period when the nation was in better hands than many at the time probably realized.”

    Associated Press

  • “[Thomas is] a five-star biographer who blows apart that image [of Ike as a bumbling old man] with devastating detail.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Highly absorbing.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Thomas has written a book that elucidates Eisenhower’s wisdom for general readers.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 by Bur | 5/11/2016

    " This book is in agreement with a couple of Eisenhower books which I have read. This leads me to believe the concensus opinion. Very insightful into Ike's view of war and destruction. Indeed, he had the deeper view because of his position in WWII. Well researched and as concise as can be while telling the story. The narration was the only problem for me, due to mispronunciations of names and places, which were distracting. It require backing up, in some places, multiple times, to decide what name was meant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by William Sargent | 2/13/2014

    " Interesting take on how Eisenhower choose to look ill informed and out of the loop in order to avoid answering questions he didn't want to answer. What's also true is that he had a news conference once a week. He handled the cold war with Stalin and later Kruschev (sp?) as well as anyone could have. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michael Kallan | 1/30/2014

    " Somewhat general (no pun intended) biography of President Eisenhower's two terms in office; not sure if it is a fair comparison to expect more detail after recently reading McCullough's Truman and the first three books of Caro's LBJ series. It did feel like the author (Thomas) hit his stride in the latter 2/3 of the book (was a more engaging read as the book went on). Though in hindsight, I may have felt this way due to the two mistakes (both date related) that I found in the first quarter of the book (one was on page 4, not a way to hook your audience from the get go). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lcitera | 1/25/2014

    " This book filled a gap in my education as I knew only sketchy details as to Eisenhower. I was interested to learn that a man of military background would be so determined to keep peace in the world, or minimally keep the United States out of conflict. The Korean War, development of the nuclear bomb, Khrushchev's rise to power and the politics of the McCarthy debacle are all thoroughly examined. Eisenhower's personal life and family...and his obsession with golf...play a secondary role in the book. A bit painfully dry at times but well researched and well written. "

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