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Ike's Bluff

President Eisenhower's Secret Battle To Save The World

By Evan Thomas, 1951-

Evan Thomas's startling account of how the underrated Dwight Eisenhower saved the world from nuclear holocaust.

Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower set about to make good on his campaign promise to end the Korean War. Yet while Eisenhower was quickly viewed by many as a doddering lightweight, behind the bland smile and simple speech was a master tactician. To end the hostilities, Eisenhower would take a colossal risk by bluffing that he might use nuclear weapons against the Communist Chinese, while at the same time restraining his generals and advisors who favored the strikes. Ike's gamble was of such magnitude that there could be but two outcomes: thousands of lives saved, or millions of lives lost.

A tense, vivid and revisionist account of a president who was then, and still is today, underestimated, IKE'S BLUFF is history at its most provocative and thrilling.

Format: Book
Author: Thomas, Evan, 1951-
Summary: Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. As Evan Thomas reveals in his provocative examination of Ike's White House years, Eisenhower was a master of calculated duplicity. As with his bridge and poker games he was eventually forced to stop playing after leaving too many fellow army officers insolvent, Ike could be patient and ruthless in the con, and generous and expedient in his partnerships. Facing the Soviet Union, China, and his own generals, some of whom believed a first strike was the only means of survival, Eisenhower would make his boldest and riskiest bet yet, one of such enormity that there could be but two outcomes: the survival of the world, or its end.--From publisher description.
Title: Ike's bluff : president Eisenhower's secret battle to save the world / Evan Thomas.
Publisher Date: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2012.
Subject: Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 Cold War -- Diplomatic history. National security -- United States -- History -- 20th century Nuclear weapons -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century. Nuclear warfare -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century. United States -- Foreign relations -- 1953-1961
Isbn: 9780316091046 0316091049
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Call Number: 973.92109 Tho
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Format: Book
Author: Thomas, Evan, 1951-
Summary: Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. As Evan Thomas reveals in his provocative examination of Ike's White House years, Eisenhower was a master of calculated duplicity. As with his bridge and poker games he was eventually forced to stop playing after leaving too many fellow army officers insolvent, Ike could be patient and ruthless in the con, and generous and expedient in his partnerships. Facing the Soviet Union, China, and his own generals, some of whom believed a first strike was the only means of survival, Eisenhower would make his boldest and riskiest bet yet, one of such enormity that there could be but two outcomes: the survival of the world, or its end.--From publisher description.
Title: Ike's bluff : president Eisenhower's secret battle to save the world / Evan Thomas.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2012.
Description: x, 484 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Subjects: Cold War -- Diplomatic history.
Subjects: National security -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subjects: Nuclear weapons -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Nuclear warfare -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: United States -- Foreign relations -- 1953-1961
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 2012019640
ISBN: 9780316091046
ISBN: 0316091049
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Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: 973.92109 Tho