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Reevaluating Eisenhower: American Foreign Policy in the Fifties
Reevaluating Eisenhower: American Foreign Policy in the Fifties
Edited by Richard A. Melanson and David Mayers
University of Illinois Press, 1987, 277 pp
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Most of the nine essays in this excellent collection are based on deep, original research. They follow no single line, but the tendency is post-revisionist, suggesting that the recent celebration of President Eisenhower's skill and wisdom may have gone too far. For example, pieces by Richard Immerman (on Dien Bien Phu), Thomas Zoumaras (economic policy toward Latin America), and William Stivers (Middle East) stress narrow vision, weak leadership and contradictions.