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  • Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
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    (109)
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    (112)

    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, Ike could be patient and ruthless in the con, and generous and expedient in his partnerships.

    Catherine says: "skip part 1"
    "Made Eisenhower come alive in a personal way"
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    I grew up in the forties and fifties so the story of Eisenhower was one central to my youth. I found it fascinating to gain a new insight into the man and the times. While ones political sensibilities may color your reception to the book, it was in most ways relatively apolitical, focusing more on international issues.
    It works well as an audiobook, although from time to time it seemed to jump around in chronology.
    I found the book surprisingly enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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