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Thomas, Evan, 1951-
Ike's bluff : President Eisenhower's secret battle to save the world / Evan Thomas
Alternate Title President Eisenhower's secret battle to save the world
1st ed
New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E835 .T44 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1953-1961
Subject(s) Cold War -- Diplomatic history
National security -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Nuclear weapons -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Nuclear warfare -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Physical Description x, 484 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 455-467) and index
Contents Introduction: Tell no one. Duty: 1953-1956. Confidence ; The card player ; Positive loyalty ; Cross of iron ; Gentleman's agreement ; Deception ; Learning to love the bomb ; The chamber pot ; Strange genius ; "Don't worry, I'll confuse them" ; Meeting Mr. Khrushchev ; The devil's grip ; Bows and arrows ; Rising storm ; Subtle and brutal -- Honor: 1957-1961. Dark star ; The great equation ; The strong say nothing ; Guns of August ; Missile gap ; Looking for a partner ; Sweet words ; A regular pixie ; "The pilot's alive" ; "I'm just fed up!" ; The underestimated man -- Epilogue: Peace
Summary 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.--From publisher description

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