Highly accessible and sprightly written. -Library Journal Winner of the Kansas State Library's Kansas Notable Book Award In this engaging, fast-paced biography, Louis Galambos follows the career of Dwight D. Ike Eisenhower, offering new insight into this singular man who guided America toward consensus at home and a peaceful victory in the Cold War.
The longtime editor of the Eisenhower papers, Galambos may know more about this president than anyone alive. In this compelling book, he explores the shifts in Eisenhower's identity and reputation over his lifetime and explains how he developed his distinctive leadership skills. As a career military officer, Eisenhower's progress was uneven. Galambos shows how Ike, with the help of Brigadier General Fox Conner, his mentor and patron, learned how to profit from his mistakes, pivot quickly, and grow as a military and civilian leader. On D-Day, Eisenhower guided the largest amphibious force in history to a successful invasion of France and a decisive victory. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, he turned to politics and was elected president in 1952.
While today's fiercely partisan political climate makes it difficult to imagine a president forging consensus in Washington, that's exactly what Eisenhower did. As America's leader in an era of profound postwar changes at home and abroad, President Eisenhower sought a middle way with compromise and coalition building. He provided his country with firm-handed leadership, bringing prosperity and peace to the American people in the dangerous years of the Cold War-an accomplishment that made him one of the most influential men of the twentieth century.
Destined to be the best short biography of the thirty-fourth president of the United States, Eisenhower conclusively demonstrates how and why this master of the middle way became the successful leader of the free world.
Johns Hopkins University Press
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15 August 2020
From 18 years
Professional and scholarly
Preface 1. Trouble 2. Abilene 3. Locked In 4. Epiphany 5. Tested 6. Combat 7. The Decision 8. Tested Again 9. Duty, Honor, Party 10. Pursuint Prosperity, 1953-1961 11. Pursuing Peace, 1953-1961 12. The Wise Man Notes Index
Louis Galambos is a research professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and an editor of The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower.
Reviews for Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World
Offers many insights into the politics and history of [Eisenhower's] times. --Donovan's Literary Services Johns Hopkins historian Galambos, editor of the Eisenhower papers, examines the development of the leadership style of President Eisenhower from his boyhood in Abilene, Kansas, through his presidency... Galambos's succinct style and penetrating analysis make for a rewarding study. Highly recommended. --Choice Highly accessible and sprightly written. --Library Journal For readers looking for an overview of Eisenhower's life and career, the Galambos book is a fine choice. --Weekly Standard Dwight Eisenhower was a mystery to many of those who favored and most of those who opposed him. Louis Galambos, a professor of history at Johns Hopkins and editor of the Eisenhower papers, resolves some of that mystery in his succinct, insightful portrait. --Wall Street Journal
- Winner of Kansas Notable Book Award 2019 (United States)