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The Age of Eisenhower


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William I. Hitchcock is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and the Randolph Compton Professor at the Miller Center for Public Affairs. A graduate of Kenyon College and Yale University, he is the author of The Age of Eisenhower and The Bitter Road to Freedom: The Human Cost of Allied Victory in World War II Europe, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


"Outstanding." -- Michael O'Donnell * The Atlantic *
"Like the supposedly conformist and complacent 1950s, too long eclipsed by the drama and turbulence of the 1960s, so has Dwight Eisenhower too long been dismissed as a distracted codger compared with the youthful president who succeeded him, John F. Kennedy. Now William I. Hitchcock's trenchant and compelling book convincingly redresses the balance. He reminds us of the gravity of the issues at stake in the 1950s-including increasingly violent clashes over civil rights and the prospect of nuclear Armageddon-and persuasively portrays Eisenhower as an engaged and thoughtful leader who deeply shaped the nation's destiny for decades to come."
-- David M. Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus, Stanford University, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Freedom From Fear
"A complete and persuasive assessment." * Booklist (starred review) *
"William Hitchcock has given us an absorbing account of an era that looms large not only in the long history of the West but in our time. Dwight Eisenhower helped create a strong, dynamic, and in many ways enviable America. There were flaws, yes, and dreams deferred-but taken all in all, Ike's achievements on the battlefield and in the public square of peacetime are towering, and we live still in their long shadow." -- Jon Meacham, author of DESTINY AND POWER: The American Odyssey of George H.W. Bush and AMERICAN LION
"Expansive. . . . Hitchcock discusses the full range of challenges that occupied Eisenhower across the eight years of his presidency. . . . [A] rich narrative." -- Richard Rhodes * The Wall Street Journal *
"A splendid biography." -- Joseph C. Goulden * The Washington Times *
"Eisenhower's steady hand, deep experience, and seriousness of purpose served America well during eight perilous years. William Hitchcock's insightful and stimulating study couldn't be more timely." -- H. W. Brands, Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History, University of Texas at Austin, and author of The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War
"William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower is a superb synthesis, comprehensive in its coverage of domestic and international issues, current in its treatment of what the documents contain, and consistently fair in the conclusions it reaches. By so successfully showing what's known about the Eisenhower era, this book more than any other will shape how the future remembers it." -- John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of George F. Kennan: An American Life
"The Age of Eisenhower is a page-turner masterpiece about what we Americans can accomplish when we try to be and do our best. William Hitchcock tells the remarkable story of how a values-laden boy from Kansas grew up to become one of the most important-and best-leaders in modern history." -- Jim Lehrer
"The best single account of Eisenhower's presidency to date. . . . A lively and insightful exploration of how Ike's brand of no-nonsense leadership defined an era." -- Derek Chollet * The National Interest *
"The definitive single-volume account of this understudied but highly consequential presidency." -- Alvin S. Felzenberg * The Claremont Review of Books *

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