Eisenhower. Vol. II: The President

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Eisenhower. Vol. II: The President

By Stephen E. Ambrose
Simon & Schuster, 1984
752 pp. $24.95
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The second and concluding volume of the best biography of Eisenhower. The author is critical of the President's appeasement of Joseph McCarthy, his lack of deep commitment to racial justice, his expansion of the nuclear arms race, and his "penchant for seeing Communists wherever a social reform movement or a struggle for national liberation was under way." But, on balance, the assessment is favorable. Eisenhower's rising reputation for political skill will be further enhanced by this clear, beautifully written, and succinct book.