Ike's Bluff

Ike's Bluff

President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World

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

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

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

Baker & Taylor
The assistant managing editor of Newsweek and best-selling author examines the White House years of Dwight Eisenhower and reveals the former president, often viewed as a doddering lightweight, as a brilliant, intellectual tactician who could be both patient and ruthless and generous and self-serving. (biography & autobiography). Simultaneous.

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

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

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

Baker
& Taylor

Examines the White House years of Dwight Eisenhower and reveals the former president, often viewed as a doddering lightweight, as a brilliant, intellectual tactician who could be patient and ruthless, and generous and self-serving.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780316224161
0316224162
Characteristics: x, 655 p. (large print) : ill. ; 25 cm

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May 06, 2014

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

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