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  • Ike's Bluff

  • President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World
  • By: Evan Thomas
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made Eisenhower come alive in a personal way

  • By eclectic reader on 05-15-13

Ike bluffing way to peace

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

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This book was intriguing because it laid out in remarkable detail Ike's understated leadership qualities. The picture of Ike accumulating consensus for a very confrontational nuclear strategy was engrossing. This listen was hard to stop once started.

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