The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

An original and penetrating assessment of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, showing Ike?s enormous influence on modern America, the Cold War, and on the presidency itself. In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. H An original and penetrating assessment of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, showing Ike?s enormous influence on mod...

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Title:The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s
Author:William I. Hitchcock
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Genres:History
ISBN:1439175667
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:672 pages pages

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s Reviews

  • Verona
    Aug 19, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...

    What a book! It was long and full of details. I believe it was 20 plus hours of listening. It took us a lot of trips to dialysis to finish this one. I love Eisenhower! I was born on his birthday, October 14th, a number of years after him. So I have always identified with him, and was ...

  • Matt
    Jan 21, 2019

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

  • Ron
    Dec 14, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

  • Brent
    Dec 03, 2017

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

  • Cynthia
    Mar 19, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

  • Tom Rowe
    Dec 17, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...

    What a book! It was long and full of details. I believe it was 20 plus hours of listening. It took us a lot of trips to dialysis to finish this one. I love Eisenhower! I was born on his birthday, October 14th, a number of years after him. So I have always identified with him, and was ...

    This book looks at Eisenhower's presidency. Ike is one of those presidents that comes with lots of contradictions. Not a strong civil rights advocate, he does manage to move the the ball forward, but then stops its movement. He is a former general who keeps the country out of war, unle...

  • Brian Eshleman
    Jul 06, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

  • Marshall
    Oct 21, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

  • Jim Cullison
    Jul 23, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

  • Ted Hunt
    Sep 19, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...

    What a book! It was long and full of details. I believe it was 20 plus hours of listening. It took us a lot of trips to dialysis to finish this one. I love Eisenhower! I was born on his birthday, October 14th, a number of years after him. So I have always identified with him, and was ...

    This book looks at Eisenhower's presidency. Ike is one of those presidents that comes with lots of contradictions. Not a strong civil rights advocate, he does manage to move the the ball forward, but then stops its movement. He is a former general who keeps the country out of war, unle...

    Would like to read a more balanced approach to the president's life. ...

    Excellent book on a very underrated President. ...

    This is a very well written and informative overview of the Eisenhower administration, one that presents a lot of details that were new to me about his policies and the handling of the crises with which he was confronted. The author does not hesitate to explore the controversial and un...

  • Correen
    Oct 16, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...

    What a book! It was long and full of details. I believe it was 20 plus hours of listening. It took us a lot of trips to dialysis to finish this one. I love Eisenhower! I was born on his birthday, October 14th, a number of years after him. So I have always identified with him, and was ...

    This book looks at Eisenhower's presidency. Ike is one of those presidents that comes with lots of contradictions. Not a strong civil rights advocate, he does manage to move the the ball forward, but then stops its movement. He is a former general who keeps the country out of war, unle...

    Would like to read a more balanced approach to the president's life. ...

  • Casey Wheeler
    Mar 17, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

  • Charles
    Feb 16, 2019

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

  • Bill Powers
    Apr 20, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...

    What a book! It was long and full of details. I believe it was 20 plus hours of listening. It took us a lot of trips to dialysis to finish this one. I love Eisenhower! I was born on his birthday, October 14th, a number of years after him. So I have always identified with him, and was ...

    This book looks at Eisenhower's presidency. Ike is one of those presidents that comes with lots of contradictions. Not a strong civil rights advocate, he does manage to move the the ball forward, but then stops its movement. He is a former general who keeps the country out of war, unle...

    Would like to read a more balanced approach to the president's life. ...

    Excellent book on a very underrated President. ...

    This is a very well written and informative overview of the Eisenhower administration, one that presents a lot of details that were new to me about his policies and the handling of the crises with which he was confronted. The author does not hesitate to explore the controversial and un...

    I've always considered Eisenhower to be underrated as President of the United States. Hitchcock's very thorough and detailed assessment of Eisenhower as politician, President and leader of the free world supports that view. Through the prism of time, Ike stands out as the right man at ...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Apr 28, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

  • Don Scaggs
    Sep 07, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

  • John Yingling
    May 03, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...

  • James
    Feb 23, 2019

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...

    What a book! It was long and full of details. I believe it was 20 plus hours of listening. It took us a lot of trips to dialysis to finish this one. I love Eisenhower! I was born on his birthday, October 14th, a number of years after him. So I have always identified with him, and was ...

    This book looks at Eisenhower's presidency. Ike is one of those presidents that comes with lots of contradictions. Not a strong civil rights advocate, he does manage to move the the ball forward, but then stops its movement. He is a former general who keeps the country out of war, unle...

    Would like to read a more balanced approach to the president's life. ...

    Excellent book on a very underrated President. ...

  • Jean
    Aug 11, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

  • Nooilforpacifists
    Jun 17, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

  • Melissa Dee
    Mar 21, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

  • Mitchell Kaufman
    Apr 04, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...

    What a book! It was long and full of details. I believe it was 20 plus hours of listening. It took us a lot of trips to dialysis to finish this one. I love Eisenhower! I was born on his birthday, October 14th, a number of years after him. So I have always identified with him, and was ...

    This book looks at Eisenhower's presidency. Ike is one of those presidents that comes with lots of contradictions. Not a strong civil rights advocate, he does manage to move the the ball forward, but then stops its movement. He is a former general who keeps the country out of war, unle...

    Would like to read a more balanced approach to the president's life. ...

    Excellent book on a very underrated President. ...

    This is a very well written and informative overview of the Eisenhower administration, one that presents a lot of details that were new to me about his policies and the handling of the crises with which he was confronted. The author does not hesitate to explore the controversial and un...

    I've always considered Eisenhower to be underrated as President of the United States. Hitchcock's very thorough and detailed assessment of Eisenhower as politician, President and leader of the free world supports that view. Through the prism of time, Ike stands out as the right man at ...

    Just an excellent biography of David Dwight Eisenhower and his underappreciated role in American history, warts and all. This isn't a perfect president, it isn't a partisan president, but it is about a very effective and underrated president. ...

  • Jeff Francis
    May 12, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...

    What a book! It was long and full of details. I believe it was 20 plus hours of listening. It took us a lot of trips to dialysis to finish this one. I love Eisenhower! I was born on his birthday, October 14th, a number of years after him. So I have always identified with him, and was ...

    This book looks at Eisenhower's presidency. Ike is one of those presidents that comes with lots of contradictions. Not a strong civil rights advocate, he does manage to move the the ball forward, but then stops its movement. He is a former general who keeps the country out of war, unle...

    Would like to read a more balanced approach to the president's life. ...

    Excellent book on a very underrated President. ...

    This is a very well written and informative overview of the Eisenhower administration, one that presents a lot of details that were new to me about his policies and the handling of the crises with which he was confronted. The author does not hesitate to explore the controversial and un...

    I've always considered Eisenhower to be underrated as President of the United States. Hitchcock's very thorough and detailed assessment of Eisenhower as politician, President and leader of the free world supports that view. Through the prism of time, Ike stands out as the right man at ...

    Just an excellent biography of David Dwight Eisenhower and his underappreciated role in American history, warts and all. This isn't a perfect president, it isn't a partisan president, but it is about a very effective and underrated president. ...

    I grew up in as a military brat, so my perspective of Ike was very positive. He was one of the great military geniuses of American History, a president who stood up to Russia, and a staunch supporter of the military. Thirty years later my point of view has shifted some. The things t...

    It?s arguable that no recent-history president is more inextricably linked to the decade in which he served than Dwight ?Ike? Eisenhower and the 1950s. Fitting, then, that with ?The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s,? William Hitchcock takes the approach t...

  • Cheyne
    May 28, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

  • Scott  Hitchcock
    Jul 09, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

  • Jason Hojnacki
    Dec 19, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

  • TMcB
    May 29, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...

    What a book! It was long and full of details. I believe it was 20 plus hours of listening. It took us a lot of trips to dialysis to finish this one. I love Eisenhower! I was born on his birthday, October 14th, a number of years after him. So I have always identified with him, and was ...

    This book looks at Eisenhower's presidency. Ike is one of those presidents that comes with lots of contradictions. Not a strong civil rights advocate, he does manage to move the the ball forward, but then stops its movement. He is a former general who keeps the country out of war, unle...

    Would like to read a more balanced approach to the president's life. ...

    Excellent book on a very underrated President. ...

    This is a very well written and informative overview of the Eisenhower administration, one that presents a lot of details that were new to me about his policies and the handling of the crises with which he was confronted. The author does not hesitate to explore the controversial and un...

    I've always considered Eisenhower to be underrated as President of the United States. Hitchcock's very thorough and detailed assessment of Eisenhower as politician, President and leader of the free world supports that view. Through the prism of time, Ike stands out as the right man at ...

    Just an excellent biography of David Dwight Eisenhower and his underappreciated role in American history, warts and all. This isn't a perfect president, it isn't a partisan president, but it is about a very effective and underrated president. ...

    I grew up in as a military brat, so my perspective of Ike was very positive. He was one of the great military geniuses of American History, a president who stood up to Russia, and a staunch supporter of the military. Thirty years later my point of view has shifted some. The things t...

    It?s arguable that no recent-history president is more inextricably linked to the decade in which he served than Dwight ?Ike? Eisenhower and the 1950s. Fitting, then, that with ?The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s,? William Hitchcock takes the approach t...

    The prism of time provides the best view on both history, in general, and presidential leadership, in particular. Time has been kind to President Dwight D. Eisenhower who served from 1953 to 1961. In the two decades following his presidency, his was deemed mediocre and lethargic?.ran...

  • ALLEN
    Mar 24, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

  • Alex
    Jan 29, 2019

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

  • Porter Broyles
    Aug 18, 2018

    ?No wonder?that Americans loved Ike. He was big enough to embody their collective hopes and dreams. He was a Texan, a Kansan, a Coloradan, and a New Yorker; a soldier and a peacemaker; a poor country boy and a wealthy elitist; a devoted reader of Scripture who seldom went to church...

    In my opinion this biography is the right thing at the right time, and a joy to read. Unlike other popular biographies, William I. Hitchcock's The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s does not linger on Ike's upbringing and military service: indeed, a mere 46 pages of ...

    This book covers the time frame from 1953 to 1961 when Eisenhower was president. Hitchcock does a brief overview of DDE?s early life and military career. I found it helpful when the author provided a review of the various biographies of Eisenhower as well as the most common negative ...

    Ike's presidency and the 1950s is the story of the dog that didn't bark. I have a quote from a friend and colleague who once said: "If you do a good job, no one will think you did anything at all." That is the story of the fifties. If baby boomers remember it with nostalgia it is be...

    An able, though unspectacular, biogeography, William Hitchcock touches lightly over most every significant event in President, not General, Eisenhower?s life. Oh, there?s a chapter devoted to his Kansas origins, his meteoric WWII ascent?which mostly serves to illustrate how Ike b...

    3.5*'s A very well done piece on Ike's presidency. It's hard these days to imagine a liberal Republican but Ike would have qualified. It's also a shocking reminder that in that time period they were considering nukes as just another bomb. Eisenhower was definitely a complicated indi...

    I have always had a fascination with the 1950s, even though they ended many years before I was born. But I know little that is not trivia or surface knowledge. My excuse is that it seems difficult to find good histories of the 1950s that are not either narrowly focused or crammed with ...

    Mostly Eisenhower rather than ?age of.? Has the feel of a breezy biography in spite of its length. ...

    Hitchcock?s biography of Eisenhower is a good blend of Eisenhower?s political and personal life, his military and his public careers though the personal takes a back seat. As is required for such a story Hitchcock?s style is fact driven which comes across as less intimate though ...

    I really like this balanced, well-researched new biography of the Eisenhower presidency. Coverage of diplomacy and politics is top-notch. Coverage of civil rights is rich, and, like Eisenhower's own view, could be richer. But the use of archival resources is deep, especially pertaining...

    Well written narrative of Eisenwhower?s presidential years with many of the different issues he confronted, including the numerous covert operations undertaken by his administration. Not a traditional biography as it covers very little of pre or post presidency or family life. ...

    ?Eisenhower had that rarest of gifts in politics: he brought America together.? Damns Eisenhower with faint praise. Following the rising tide of academic and popular reappraisal of Ike, Hancock tries to hew to the old bumbling amateur angle, even as he says he rejects it. ?...

    Excellent book on Eisenhower?s presidency that strives to make a case for the centrality of Eisenhower?s role as domestic and international peacemaker. I really enjoyed this book, but think there were a few things that might have been better. 1) Whatever sense of unity that existed...

    From the title I was hoping for something closer to Nixonland where the lives of average people were tied into the story, but this was not the case. This is more like a biography of Eisenhower?s life with the really interesting parts taken out. It?s definitely thorough with the big...

    The book is more about the 'Age' than 'Eisenhower'. It's an excellent survey of a decade in which some of the most prominent figures in modern history took center stage. Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and the Dulles B...

    ?Those who cannot remember the past are commended to read about it.? (Don Scaggs, 2018) In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents. After reading this book, I understand why. He ended the Korean war. Avoided involv...

    From the first sentences of this masterful and definitive biography of our 34th president, author William Hitchcock presents the reader with a new image of Ike. Hitchcock's Eisenhower is not the blandly affable Bing Crosby stunt double who ambled into the Oval Office with a nine iron a...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Age of Eisenhower by William Hitchcock courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I ...

    Hitchcock carefully unwraps the history of the Eisenhower administration, with a balanced attention to both its strengths and its failures. I was left agreeing with Nixon?s conclusion, that Eisenhower ?was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized.? I was also...

    What a thoroughly interesting and enlightening book. I love a good story, I love history, especially American history, and I love finding out more about a period of history and/or a person from history that I thought I already knew a lot about. Mr. Hitchcock does an outstanding job of ...

    What a book! It was long and full of details. I believe it was 20 plus hours of listening. It took us a lot of trips to dialysis to finish this one. I love Eisenhower! I was born on his birthday, October 14th, a number of years after him. So I have always identified with him, and was ...

    This book looks at Eisenhower's presidency. Ike is one of those presidents that comes with lots of contradictions. Not a strong civil rights advocate, he does manage to move the the ball forward, but then stops its movement. He is a former general who keeps the country out of war, unle...

    Would like to read a more balanced approach to the president's life. ...

    Excellent book on a very underrated President. ...

    This is a very well written and informative overview of the Eisenhower administration, one that presents a lot of details that were new to me about his policies and the handling of the crises with which he was confronted. The author does not hesitate to explore the controversial and un...

    I've always considered Eisenhower to be underrated as President of the United States. Hitchcock's very thorough and detailed assessment of Eisenhower as politician, President and leader of the free world supports that view. Through the prism of time, Ike stands out as the right man at ...

    Just an excellent biography of David Dwight Eisenhower and his underappreciated role in American history, warts and all. This isn't a perfect president, it isn't a partisan president, but it is about a very effective and underrated president. ...

    I grew up in as a military brat, so my perspective of Ike was very positive. He was one of the great military geniuses of American History, a president who stood up to Russia, and a staunch supporter of the military. Thirty years later my point of view has shifted some. The things t...