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Ike's Bluff

President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World
Thomas, Evan (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Thomas, Evan, 1951-
Title: Ike's bluff
president Eisenhower's secret battle to save the world
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: x, 484 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Local Note: 6 15 27 29 35 53 57 76 80 97 118 122 133 138 148 151 152 167 172 173 193 198 210 211 216 222 226 231 242 244 250 262 274
ISBN: 9780316091046
0316091049
Statement of Responsibility: Evan Thomas
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969. United States Foreign relations 1953-1961. 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.
Topical Term: Cold War
National security
Nuclear weapons
Nuclear warfare
LCCN: 2012019640
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May 06, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Ike was such a super guy! Yup, on that day in the early 1930s, when Hoover was still president, MacArthur, Patton and Eisenhower were ordered to shut down the Bonus Marchers village. Yes, it was MacArthur who disobeyed the commander-in-chief's order not to directly enter the village, and led in the slaughter of over 100 men, women and children, but did Ike or Patton stop him? Yes, during the Eisenhower Administration the democratically-elected governments of Iran, Guatemala and elsewhere were overthrown, involving the destruction of people and people's rights on behalf of the multinationals. Yes, Floyd Odlum supported Ike, and yes some of his companies, and Rockefeller's and Mellon's, et cetera, profited from such coups. Yes, Ike was a grand fellow, who appointed Nelson Rockefeller to multiple positions in his administration, with Nelson altering, corrupting and compromising foreign aid programs to profit the multinationals by using American taxpayer monies to fund their foreign factories and facilities to which they would then offshore American jobs to [Ex-Im Bank, AID, et cetera]. Yes, it was the Eisenhower Administration which created the entire Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, and it was JFK's administration which countermanded the assassination of Castro and withdrew the military support of the exiles, allowing for a popular uprising to occur if the CIA was right, but of course, the CIA [Dulles, Bissell, Cabell lied to President Kennedy].

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