Ike's Bluff

  • by Evan Thomas
  • Narrated by Brian Troxell
  • 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.
This is the story of how he won.


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Excellent writing and very well read. But an awful lot about Ike's moods, golf and health. A bit more on national and international politics would have made this account more interesting and valuable as history. Still, recommended as an approachable and insightful recounting of this important American president.
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- Lord Peridot

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-09-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio