Dwight D. Eisenhower
The American Presidents Series: The 34th President, 1953-1961
Publication Date: November 1, 2002
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A bona fide American hero at the close of WWII, General Dwight Eisenhower rode an enormous wave of popularity into the Oval Office. Though we may view the Eisenhower years through a hazy lens of 1950's nostalgia, historians consider his presidency one of the least successful. Ike would later be revered for "keeping the peace".
For over thirty years, Tom Wicker covered American politics at the New York Times, where he began writing the Times' "In the Nation" column . He is the author of several books, including One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream and JFK & LBJ.
Series editor, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., is the preeminent political historian of our time. For more than half a century, he has been a cornerstone figure in the intellectual life of the nation and a fixture on the political scene. He has won two Pulitzer prizes for The Age of Jackson (1946) and A Thousand Days (1966), and in 1988 received the National Humanities Medal. He published the first volume of his autobiography, A Life in the Twentieth Century, in 2000.
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