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Eisenhower: A Life

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Eisenhower: A Life
Eisenhower: A Life
By Paul Johnson
Viking Adult, 2014 144 pp. $25.95 Purchase

Johnson likes Ike, and he thinks you should, too. This short and breezy volume makes the case that President Dwight Eisenhower was a military leader of genius, a successful university president, an exemplary husband, and a great chief executive of the United States. At times, Johnson seems so intent on his hagiographic mission that he gives short shrift to anything that casts doubt on Eisenhower’s virtue or genius, and this book is unlikely to stand as a serious contribution to the literature on the 34th president. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining read, spiced with malicious sideswipes at Eisenhower’s left-wing intellectual critics, and the book will serve well as an introduction to this important historical figure. 

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