Eisenhower: The White House Years

Eisenhower The White House Years Eisenhower The White House Years by Newton Jim Published by Doubleday Binding Hardcover

  • Title: Eisenhower: The White House Years
  • Author: Jim Newton
  • ISBN: 9780385523530
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eisenhower The White House Years by Newton, Jim Published by Doubleday,2011, Binding Hardcover

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    1. An illuminating, clear and readable history of Eisenhower’s presidency. Newton concludes that Eisenhower was the right man for the times, rather than just an adequate caretaker, a babysitter-in-chief, or a bored, quiet old grandpa.Newton emphasizes Eisenhower’s natural and consistent desire to always find a middle way between liberals and conservatives, and Newton’s discussion of how this applied to civil rights is interesting and nuanced. Newton also covers such topics as Eisenhower’s b [...]

    2. bestpresidentialbios/2017“Eisenhower: The White House Years” was published in 2011 and is Jim Newton’s second biography. His first, covering former Chief Justice Earl Warren, was published in 2006. Newton is a journalist who has worked at The New York Times, The Atlanta Constitution and The Los Angeles Times. He recently moved to UCLA where he teaches and serves as Editor-in-Chief of a school magazine which he helped launch.Although its title suggests a singular focus on Eisenhower’s eig [...]

    3. Very good. People seem to be looking back more fondly at the Eisenhower presidency because of the frustrations moderates are having with more recent Republican presidents. This books offers a positive take on Ike, particularly focusing on Ike's desire to find balance between the left and right. This balance often worked well, particularly in dealing with foreign policy and the issue of nuclear weapons use, and in dealing with domestic budgetary issues. However, Newton does not shy away from poin [...]

    4. A solid biography of Ike as president, eminently readable with good strong narrative threads. For the most part, the book presents a more balanced view of Eisenhower than Ambrose's work, with only one or two moments of descent into the whine of Eisenhower biographers that the stereotype of Ike-as-golfer is unfair (it is, but hey, get over it). I particularly enjoyed the passages dealing with his complex relationship with Richard Nixon; Ike had as hard a time fathoming Nixon's motives as the rest [...]

    5. I absolutely loved this book. If it weren't for a few pesky details I would have happily given it 5 stars.First, the pesky detailsThe first few chapters are thematic summaries of Eisenhower's life before he reached the White House. When I started reading the book I forgot to pay attention to the subtitle and started getting very disappointed in the book. Newton's tome on Earl Warren was fascinating and I was hoping for the same with this book. When I saw the subtitle, Newton's organizational cho [...]

    6. An excellent portrait of Eisenhower's presidency. Enough detail in the early chapters to give a measure of the man, but not so much as to bore and distract. Newtown argues that the traditional interpretation of Eisenhower's tenure in the White House -- that Ike spent most of the time on the links, delegating substantive work to powerful aides -- misses the mark, largely because most people misunderstood Ike's leadership style. He was not a self-promoter and he resisted his staff's attempts to cl [...]

    7. The 1950s are often remembered as a quiet period of stagnation presided over by a kindly grandfather type president. A study of the Eisenhower Administration proves that it was anything but that. It included the end of the Korean War, the invasion of Lebanon and the Suez Crisis. It was a period of covert action that effected pro-American regime change in Iran and Guatemala but also saw the U-2 crash and the rise of Castro. The Army was challenged by Sen. Joseph McCarthy who was, in turn, defeate [...]

    8. Newton's recounting of Dwight Eisenhower's years in the White House was rather eye-opening for someone who was a child during his two terms as President. I do remember thinking that he sort of "breezed" through and that the "real" Cold War problems occurred after he left office. But, it isn't so--he did more than met the eye of observers to stave off a nuclear engagement which would have destroyed much of humanity and civilization. And. he did it by bluffing and cajoling opponents, such as the R [...]

    9. President Eisenhower was the first president whom I remember. Despite my parents' votes for Stevenson, they had a great deal of regard and affection for this man, so I was very interested to read about Eisenhower's years in the White House. Jim Newton's biography is masterful, a truly clear-eyed, balanced and nuanced view of the man.Newton draws a portrait of a president who above all had integrity and put the good of his country over any party or personal preferences. Considering the current pa [...]

    10. foreignpolicysifter/post/2If a people can worship an era like a false deity, Americans kneel at the altar of the 1930s-1950s. The “Greatest Generation” could do no wrong; they were duty-bound, hard-working people who went through hell and came out better for it. But we romanticize the people, not their leaders. The legacies of leaders from this era, while still generally held in high esteem, are now, at the very least, complicated to some ideologues. Roosevelt created the social welfare prog [...]

    11. TITLE: Eisenhower: The White House YearsWHY I CHOSE THIS BOOK: Trying to read a book about every presidentREVIEW: The book is a comprehensive look at the events that shaped Ike and the events he shaped. I can say, "I like Ike." There are things to hold Ike accountable for, but on the whole I appreciate his measured approach and his general integrity. At his heart he was conservative. I do not mean that in terms of what it means now. He was cautious, he was uncomfortable with change - at least to [...]

    12. In spite of my generation's Happy Days image of the 1950s, they were extremely formative years for our country as we entered the nuclear age, ramped up the Cold War, saw the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement, began to engage in covert regime change abroad, etc. Not only did I learn more about the American experience in this period, I also gained a new appreciation for the man at the helm, trying to steer the ship of state down, as he would put it, the "middle way." Quite readable and very [...]

    13. This was fantastic. Since it was written recently (2011), there are many details of the long term effects of his decisions throughout the cold war. This book attempts to analyze his personality and how others did or did not play along. In addition, this was a good dose of 1950s US history, which apparently I slept through during school. Ha!

    14. I learned a few things but the audio book struggled to keep my interest even though I knew little about Eisenhower prior. It was interesting to learn that he wanted no part of the civil rights issue and made no stance. Perhaps his military years will reflect a better part of his character. I need to dig more into U2 and stealth fighters that were part of his legacy.This book corroborated the little I knew previously--he liked to golf!

    15. Every biographer seems to fall in love with their subject. Any of their blemishes are smooth off their failings explained away. This book is no exception but it still seems a worthwhile chronicle of Eisenhower's life and presidential years.

    16. This book is probably only ever going to be read by Eisenhower fans or history students, so that's my audience here --- as a fan of Eisenhower, this book is fair, critical, balanced (chiefly in terms of providing larger historical context to his successes and failures), and thorough. As a history student, this book is engaging to read, and reams of information is presented in a clear and digestible manner. Would be good fit anyone thinking about Presidential administrations, organizational decis [...]

    17. I really didn't know that much about the Eisenhower years. I learned a lot of history, politics and generally what was going on from a President's view point. The Cold War was happening,with turmoil in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, South America. Should the U.S. enter wars using atomic energy? Weren't there enough missiles to destroy the world, no matter who started it? Was there ever a true winner? Sounds like the same "mess" that is going on today. In my opinion, the good thing abou [...]

    18. An excellent account of the Eisenhower presidency, another Republican President (Lincoln, TR) who wouldn't stand a chance with today's Republican Party. Conservatives in the party never really warmed up to him even then. Close to all his brothers, Ike leaned toward the more liberal influences of brother Milton. (Brother Edgar chastised him for the "socialist" drift of the country during his two terms.!) Eisenhower supported Egypt during the Suez crises, demanded that Britain, France and ISRAEL e [...]

    19. Understand the statement "I like Ike" now. Learned much about post WWII and the 1950s that impacts us, the United States, today. The 1950s were not all "happy days" as portrayed on the television show and movies of the period. It was an era of great paranoia, understandable given the recovery process following the war. It was also a period of struggle, tension, repression and discovery. Eisenhower's motto was peace, patience and prosperity and that guided him through two terms as president. Havi [...]

    20. I enjoy Presidential biographies in particular because most inform us about more than the person by painting a broad planarian of the country, the economics and politics of the times as well as the social morays. I found this bio even more interesting because Ike was the 1st President I remember, more his 2nd term than the first, but still, I remember him. This bio corrected my impression that he was a do nothing president who mostly played golf. He in fact was a moderate republican who worked h [...]

    21. I was immediately interested in reading more about Eisenhower when I saw this biography about his years in the White House listed on . I was thrilled when I won a copy through the giveaways and wasn't in the least disappointed when I read the book. Like many others I did think of Eisenhower as the President between the more interesting presidencies of Truman and Kennedy. I was astonished at everything that went on during Eisenhower's Presidency--from the Cold War, to the civil rights movement, t [...]

    22. By the end of his administration, Eisenhower was being dismissed by many as an anachronism, a bungler, an inattentive executive who let the USSR and China gain an upper hand in world influence. This image was cruelly and disingenuously encouraged by John F. Kennedy with his "new generation of Americans." Jim Newton shows that this characterization of Eisenhower was superficial on the face of it and that it thrived in part because of Eisenhower's style, which was strategically undramatic. Weighed [...]

    23. As foretold in the title, this is a history of Eisenhower as president. Part One, "Making Ike" begins "By the time he declared his candidacy for the president in 1952 Dwight Eisenhower was a formed man,". The next two chapters, 40 pages or so, prepare the background. His family life in Kansas and his military life through the end of WW II. And its all to preface his presidential and political life.It was an interesting juxtaposition to read this wonderful history of Ike's terms in the 1950's whi [...]

    24. I learned quite a bit about Eisenhower from this book. He got the Korean war to end.He hated Sen McCarthy.He was supportive of covert operations, but against sending our troops to other countries wars so to speak.Bay of Pigs was his plan, but Kennedy screwed it up.Not long after Bay of Pigs Kennedy invited Eisenhower to Camp David to show him where he messed it up.And Eisenhower did so in a non-in-your-face wayHis motive for supporting the Brown V. Board of Ed. of Topeka was not that he was not [...]

    25. I received this as a First Reads giveaway for which I am very grateful. I love having the chance to read books and authors that I might not otherwise have been exposed to. Unfortunately this was not one of my favorite reads. While the subject and research that went into this were interesting, the delivery ended up being just a bit boring. I didn't expect a biography of Eisenhower to be captivating or thrilling but this ended up being just a few notches up from a text book. My biggest problem was [...]

    26. Today there is a great desire for moderates. The tea party has shown once again the trouble of extremism and an unruly congress.Eisenhower is the epitome of centrism. His policy was to compromise and to seek the "middle way". There was success in this. The economy grew, our country was secure, and there were other successes. Eisenhower also is a lot like Obama. Losing his party in congress after his first term, he faced trouble. Korea and Iraq are analogous wars that were unpopular and ended wit [...]

    27. Jim Newton's "Eisenhower: The White House Years" is at times a tedious & yet fascinatingly detailed look at the presidency of our nation's 34th chief executive Dwight David Eisenhower. The book at the start is a bit uneven when describing Eisenhower's time growing up as well as his service particularly in WWII as well as his marriage to Mamie. Once he gets elected then Newton's book gets a bit more on track as we the reader wind our way through the 1950s from the end of the Korean War throug [...]

    28. I like Ike well enough, but the evidence for the author's thesis --- that he should be ranked as a great President --- is pretty slight, although he was a competent one. Newton's problem is Ike's addiction to overthrowing foreign governments and his general unwillingness to provide leadership on moral issues such as civil rights. The best Newton can do is a sort of lukewarm testimonial to Ike's reluctant endorsement of Supreme Court decisions (and even then he had to be shamed into putting Earl [...]

    29. This was my first reading about Eisenhower, and I believe the period of the Presidency was well-covered. Newton conveys a strong portrait of Ike's personality, warts and all. Newton clearly has a lot of admiration for Eisenhower and his overall performance.Another reader's review mentioned that Ike is looking better all the time. Certainly he was a commanding presence with an ability to wield power, play politics and, above all, to prevail. He did not reach his goal nuclear stability but he did [...]

    30. There are many biographical treatments of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Newton's is a solid contender. But it has its shortcomings. This narrative is organized largely on a chronological basis and touches on each major incident as they occurred. There is frustratingly little material on some (the McCarthy controversies, the Suez crisis, etc.) and begs the question on two Eisenhower management styles. One of these is the proclivity "Ike" had for managing his presidency like a military operation. Newt [...]

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