Nine perceptive biographical essays about President Eisenhower himself, his "inner circle" (John Foster Dulles, Alien Dulles and Milton Eisenhower), his "lieutenants" (Walter Bedell Smith and Robert Murphy), and "agitators and agents" (C. D. Jackson, Harold Stassen and Henry Cabot Lodge). The author notes how the practical experience of World War II tempered the fervent anticommunism of the Administration: "they recognized the location of the brink, and for all their tough talk they stayed well away. . . . They might have done better, but they might also have done far worse."