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Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World

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Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving aides and Roosevelt family members, Nigel Hamilton offers a definitive account of FDRand#8217;s masterfuland#8212;and underappreciatedand#8212;command of the Allied war effort.and#160;Hamilton takes readers inside FDRand#8217;s White House Oval Studyand#8212;his personal command centerand#8212;and into the meetings where he battled with Churchill about strategy and tactics and overrode the near mutinies of his own generals and secretary of war.and#160;

Time and again, FDR was proven right and his allies and generals were wrong.and#160;When the generals wanted to attack the Nazi-fortified coast of France, FDR knew the Allied forces werenand#8217;t ready.and#160;When Churchill insisted his Far East colonies were loyal and would resist the Japanese, Roosevelt knew it was a fantasy.and#160;As Hamiltonand#8217;s account reaches its climax with the Torch landings in North Africa in late 1942, the tide of war turns in the Alliesand#8217; favor and FDRand#8217;s genius for psychology and military affairs is clear.and#160;This intimate, sweeping look at a great president in historyand#8217;s greatest conflict is must reading.

Synopsis:

A closeup, in-the-room look at how FDR took masterful command and control of the Second World War, from wresting key decisions away from Churchill and his own generals, to launching the first successful trial landing in North Africa, and beginning to turn the tide away from the Axis.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. As Evan Thomas reveals in his provocative examination of Ike's White House years, Eisenhower was a master of calculated duplicity. As with his bridge and poker games he was eventually forced to stop playing after leaving too many fellow army officers insolvent, Ike could be patient and ruthless in the con, and generous and expedient in his partnerships. Facing the Soviet Union, China, and his own generals, some of whom believed a first strike was the only means of survival, Eisenhower would make his boldest and riskiest bet yet, one of such enormity that there could be but two outcomes: the survival of the world, or its end.

This is the story of how he won.

About the Author

NIGEL HAMILTON is a bestselling and award-winning biographer of President John F. Kennedy, General Bernard andquot;Montyandquot; Montgomery, and President Bill Clinton, among other subjects. He is a Senior Fellow in the McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts-Boston, and first president of the Biographers International Organization (BIO).

Table of Contents

Prologueand#8194;ix

PART ONE: PLACENTIA BAY

Before the Stormand#8194;3

PART TWO: PEARL HARBOR

The U.S. Is Attacked!and#8194;43

Hitlerand#8217;s Gambleand#8194;76

PART THREE: CHURCHILL IN THE WHITE HOUSE

The Victory Planand#8194;99

Supreme Commandand#8194;136

The Presidentand#8217;s Map Roomand#8194;145

PART FOUR: TROUBLE WITH MACARTHUR

The Fighting Generaland#8194;157

PART FIVE: END OF AN EMPIRE

Singaporeand#8194;195

The Mockery of the Worldand#8194;207

The Battleground for Civilizationand#8194;214

PART SIX: INDIA

No Hand on the Wheeland#8194;223

Lessons from the Far Eastand#8194;228

Churchill Threatens to Resignand#8194;236

The Worst Case of Jittersand#8194;254

PART SEVEN: MIDWAY

Doolittleand#8217;s Raidand#8194;267

The Battle of Midwayand#8194;274

PART EIGHT: TOBRUK

Churchilland#8217;s Second Comingand#8194;289

The Fall of Tobrukand#8194;303

No Second Dunquerqueand#8194;310

Avoiding Utter Catastropheand#8194;317

PART NINE: JAPAN FIRST

Citizen Warriorsand#8194;325

A Staggering Crisisand#8194;330

A Rough Dayand#8194;337

PART TEN: THE MUTINY

Stimsonand#8217;s Betand#8194;349

A Definite Decisionand#8194;359

A Failed Mutinyand#8194;363

PART ELEVEN: REACTION IN MOSCOW

Stalinand#8217;s Prayerand#8194;373

PART TWELVE: AN INDUSTRIAL MIRACLE

A Trip Across Americaand#8194;381

The Presidentand#8217;s Loyal Lieutenantand#8194;390

PART THIRTEEN: THE TRAGEDY OF DIEPPE

A Canadian Bloodbathand#8194;395

PART FOURTEEN: THE TORCH IS LIT

Something in West Africaand#8194;401

Alameinand#8194;409

First Lightand#8194;413

The Greatest Sensationand#8194;423

Armistice Dayand#8194;430

Acknowledgmentsand#8194;441

Notesand#8194;447

Indexand#8194;497

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316091046
Subtitle:
President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World
Author:
Thomas, Evan
Author:
Troxell, Brian
Author:
Hamilton, Nigel
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Eisenhower; Dwight David; U.S. presidents; Military strategy; American foreign policy; Military leaders; Leadership; American history
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120925
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
two 8-page b/w inserts; 50 photos; 2 map
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
A closeup, in-the-room look at how FDR took masterful command and control of the Second World War, from wresting key decisions away from Churchill and his own generals, to launching the first successful trial landing in North Africa, and beginning to turn the tide away from the Axis.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. As Evan Thomas reveals in his provocative examination of Ike's White House years, Eisenhower was a master of calculated duplicity. As with his bridge and poker games he was eventually forced to stop playing after leaving too many fellow army officers insolvent, Ike could be patient and ruthless in the con, and generous and expedient in his partnerships. Facing the Soviet Union, China, and his own generals, some of whom believed a first strike was the only means of survival, Eisenhower would make his boldest and riskiest bet yet, one of such enormity that there could be but two outcomes: the survival of the world, or its end.

This is the story of how he won.

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