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The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader
The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader
By Fred I. Greenstein
Basic Books, 1982, 286 pp
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The author, a pacesetter in the fashionable movement to reassess the Eisenhower presidency in a favorable light, sees his subject as shrewd, confident and self-aware. Although there is a long illustrative chapter on Eisenhower's calculated use of the "hidden hand" in bringing down Joseph McCarthy, the book deals primarily with method and style at the expense of substance.