Dwight D. Eisenhower

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| birth_place = Denison, Texas, U.S.19692810|14}}| death_place = Washington, D.C., U.S.| restingplace = Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood HomeMamie Eisenhower>July 1, 1916}}Doud Eisenhower>John}}Ida Stover Eisenhower>Ida StoverRepublican Party (United States)>Republican| education = United States Military Academy (BS)| signature = Dwight Eisenhower Signature.svg| signature_alt = Cursive signature in ink
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United States}}PUBLISHER=EISENHOWER.UTEXAS.EDU URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVE-DATE=OCTOBER 23, 2013, 25px) General of the Army| battles = World War IWorld War IIDistinguished Service Medal (U.S. Army)>Army Distinguished Service Medal (5)Distinguished Service Medal (United States Navy)Legion of Merit#Awards and decorations>Full list| module = {{Listen| embed=yes|filename = Dwight D. Eisenhower's first Inaugural Address, 1953-01-20.ogg|title = Eisenhower's voice|type = speechFirst inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower>Dwight D. Eisenhower's first Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953}}}}{{Eisenhower series}}Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|aɪ|z|ən|h|aʊ|.|ər}} {{respell|EYE|zən|how|ər}}; October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful Invasion of Normandy in 1944–45 from the Western Front.Eisenhower was born David Dwight Eisenhower in Denison, Texas, and he was raised in Kansas in a large family of mostly Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. His family had a strong religious background. His mother was a Lutheran, married as a River Brethren, and later became a Jehovah's Witness. Eisenhower, however, did not belong to any organized church until 1952. He cited constant relocation during his military career as one reason.WEB,weblink Study guide on Eisenhower and religion, Eisenhower Presidential Library, August 16, 2017, 1, He graduated from West Point in 1915 and later married Mamie Doud, with whom he had two sons. During World War I, he was denied a request to serve in Europe and instead commanded a unit that trained tank crews. Following the war, he served under various generals and was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in 1941. After the United States entered World War II, Eisenhower oversaw the invasions of North Africa and Sicily before supervising the invasions of France and Germany. After the war, he served as Army Chief of Staff (1945–1948) and then took on the role as president of Columbia University (1948–1953). In 1951–52, he served as the first Supreme Commander of NATO.In 1952, Eisenhower entered the presidential race as a Republican to block the isolationist foreign policies of Senator Robert A. Taft, who opposed NATO and wanted no foreign entanglements. He won that election and the 1956 election in landslides, both times defeating Adlai Stevenson II. He became the first Republican to win since Herbert Hoover in 1928. Eisenhower's main goals in office were to contain the spread of communism and reduce federal deficits. In 1953, he threatened to use nuclear weapons until China agreed to peace terms in the Korean War. China did agree and an armistice resulted which remains in effect. His New Look policy of nuclear deterrence prioritized inexpensive nuclear weapons while reducing funding for expensive Army divisions. He continued Harry S. Truman's policy of recognizing the Republic of China as the legitimate government of China, and he won congressional approval of the Formosa Resolution. His administration provided major aid to help the French fight off Vietnamese Communists in the First Indochina War. After the French left, he gave strong financial support to the new state of South Vietnam. He supported military coups in Iran and Guatemala. During the Suez Crisis of 1956, he condemned the Israeli, British, and French invasion of Egypt, and he forced them to withdraw. He also condemned the Soviet invasion during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 but took no action. During the Syrian Crisis of 1957 he approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria's pro-Western neighbors.WEB,weblink Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot, Ben, Fenton, September 27, 2003, The Guardian, March 7, 2018, After the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, Eisenhower authorized the establishment of NASA, which led to the Space Race. He deployed 15,000 soldiers during the 1958 Lebanon crisis. Near the end of his term, he failed to set up a summit meeting with the Soviets when a U.S. spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. He approved the Bay of Pigs invasion, which was left to John F. Kennedy to carry out.Quirk, Robert E. (1993). Fidel Castro. p. 303 New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company. {{ISBN|978-0393034851}}.On the domestic front, Eisenhower was a moderate conservative who continued New Deal agencies and expanded Social Security. He covertly opposed Joseph McCarthy and contributed to the end of McCarthyism by openly invoking executive privilege. He signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent Army troops to enforce federal court orders which integrated schools in Little Rock, Arkansas. His largest program was the Interstate Highway System. He promoted the establishment of strong science education via the National Defense Education Act. His two terms saw widespread economic prosperity except for a minor recession in 1958. In his farewell address to the nation, he expressed his concerns about the dangers of massive military spending, particularly deficit spending and government contracts to private military manufacturers. Historical evaluations of his presidency place him among the upper tier of American presidents.

Family background

File:Eisenhower House.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|The Eisenhower family home, Abilene, KansasAbilene, KansasThe Eisenhauer (German for "iron hewer/miner") family migrated from Karlsbrunn in Nassau-Saarbrücken, to America, first settling in York, Pennsylvania, in 1741, and in the 1880s moving to Kansas.NEWS,weblink General "Ike" Eisenhower, Life, November 9, 1942, May 31, 2011, Barnett, Lincoln, 112, Accounts vary as to how and when the German name Eisenhauer was anglicized to Eisenhower.NEWS,weblink Ike: An American Hero, Korda, Michael, 2007, July 22, 2012, 63, Eisenhower's Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors, who were primarily farmers, included Hans Nikolaus Eisenhauer of Karlsbrunn, who migrated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1741.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=14}}Hans's great-great-grandson, David Jacob Eisenhower (1863–1942), was Eisenhower's father and was a college-educated engineer, despite his own father Jacob's urging to stay on the family farm. Eisenhower's mother, Ida Elizabeth (Stover) Eisenhower, born in Virginia, of German Protestant ancestry, moved to Kansas from Virginia. She married David on September 23, 1885, in Lecompton, Kansas, on the campus of their alma mater, Lane University.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=16–8}}David owned a general store in Hope, Kansas, but the business failed due to economic conditions and the family became impoverished. The Eisenhowers then lived in Texas from 1889 until 1892, and later returned to Kansas, with $24 ({{Inflation|US|24|1892|fmt=eq}}) to their name at the time. David worked as a railroad mechanic and then at a creamery. By 1898, the parents made a decent living and provided a suitable home for their large family.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=19}}

Early life and education

Dwight David Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas, the third of seven sons.BOOK, D'Este, Carlo, Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, 2003, New York, Macmillan, 0805056874, 21–22,weblink His mother originally named him David Dwight but reversed the two names after his birth to avoid the confusion of having two Davids in the family.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=18}} All of the boys were called "Ike", such as "Big Ike" (Edgar) and "Little Ike" (Dwight); the nickname was intended as an abbreviation of their last name.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=22}} By World War II, only Dwight was still called "Ike".{{r|barnett19421109}}In 1892, the family moved to Abilene, Kansas, which Eisenhower considered his hometown.{{r|barnett19421109}} As a child, he was involved in an accident that cost his younger brother an eye; he later referred to this as an experience that taught him the need to be protective of those under him.{{citation needed|date=May 2018}} Dwight developed a keen and enduring interest in exploring the outdoors. He learned about hunting and fishing, cooking, and card playing from an illiterate named Bob Davis who camped on the Smoky Hill River.D'Este, Carlo (2002). Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, p. 25.WEB,weblink Getting on the Right TRRACC, Lesson Plans: The Molding of a Leader, Eisenhower National Historic Site, April 27, 2013, ... Ike spent his weekends at Davis's camp on the Smoky Hill River., While Eisenhower's mother was against war, it was her collection of history books that first sparked Eisenhower's early and lasting interest in military history. He persisted in reading the books in her collection and became a voracious reader on the subject. Other favorite subjects early in his education were arithmetic and spelling.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=32}}His parents set aside specific times at breakfast and at dinner for daily family Bible reading. Chores were regularly assigned and rotated among all the children, and misbehavior was met with unequivocal discipline, usually from David.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=25}} His mother, previously a member (with David) of the River Brethren sect of the Mennonites, joined the International Bible Students Association, later known as Jehovah's Witnesses. The Eisenhower home served as the local meeting hall from 1896 to 1915, though Eisenhower never joined the International Bible Students.Bergman, Jerry. "Steeped in Religion: President Eisenhower and the Influence of the Jehovah's Witnesses", Kansas History (Autumn 1998). His later decision to attend West Point saddened his mother, who felt that warfare was "rather wicked", but she did not overrule his decision.D'Este, Carlo (2002). Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, p. 58. While speaking of himself in 1948, Eisenhower said he was "one of the most deeply religious men I know" though unattached to any "sect or organization". He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in "Faith Staked Down", Time, February 9, 1953.Eisenhower attended Abilene High School and graduated with the class of 1909.NEWS, Public School Products, September 14, 1959, Time (magazine), Time, As a freshman, he injured his knee and developed a leg infection that extended into his groin, and which his doctor diagnosed as life-threatening. The doctor insisted that the leg be amputated but Dwight refused to allow it, and surprisingly recovered, though he had to repeat his freshman year.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=36}} He and brother Edgar both wanted to attend college, though they lacked the funds. They made a pact to take alternate years at college while the other worked to earn the tuitions.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=37}}Edgar took the first turn at school, and Dwight was employed as a night supervisor at the Belle Springs Creamery.NEWS, May 23, 2008,weblink Eisenhower: Soldier of Peace, Time (magazine), Time, April 4, 1969, When Edgar asked for a second year, Dwight consented and worked for a second year. At that time, a friend "Swede" Hazlett was applying to the Naval Academy and urged Dwight to apply to the school, since no tuition was required. Eisenhower requested consideration for either Annapolis or West Point with his U.S. Senator, Joseph L. Bristow. Though Eisenhower was among the winners of the entrance-exam competition, he was beyond the age limit for the Naval Academy.WEB, May 23, 2008,weblink Biography: Dwight David Eisenhower, Eisenhower Foundation, dead,weblink" title="">weblink May 23, 2008, He then accepted an appointment to West Point in 1911.File:Eisenhower Football.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|Eisenhower (third from left) and Omar Bradley (second from right) were members of the 1912 West Point football team.]]At West Point, Eisenhower relished the emphasis on traditions and on sports, but was less enthusiastic about the hazing, though he willingly accepted it as a plebe. He was also a regular violator of the more detailed regulations, and finished school with a less than stellar discipline rating. Academically, Eisenhower's best subject by far was English. Otherwise, his performance was average, though he thoroughly enjoyed the typical emphasis of engineering on science and mathematics.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=44–48}}In athletics, Eisenhower later said that "not making the baseball team at West Point was one of the greatest disappointments of my life, maybe my greatest".WEB, May 23, 2008,weblink President Dwight D. Eisenhower Baseball Related Quotations, Baseball Almanac, He made the varsity football teamWEB, Eisenhower BOQ 1915,weblink August 23, 2012, Fort Sam Houston,weblink" title="">weblink July 17, 2007, WEB,weblink Lt Eisenhower and Football Team, August 23, 2012, Fort Sam Houston,weblink" title="">weblink July 17, 2007, and was a starter as running back and linebacker in 1912, when he tackled the legendary Jim Thorpe of the Carlisle Indians.NEWS, May 23, 2008,weblink Roller-coaster life of Indian icon, sports' first star, CNN, July 15, 1912, Botelho, Greg, Eisenhower suffered a torn knee while being tackled in the next game, which was the last he played; he re-injured his knee on horseback and in the boxing ring,{{r|barnett19421109}}Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1967). At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends, Garden City, New York, Doubleday & Company, Inc.WEB, May 23, 2008,weblink Ike and the Team, Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 25, 2008, so he turned to fencing and gymnastics.{{r|barnett19421109}}Eisenhower later served as junior varsity football coach and cheerleader. He graduated in the middle of the class of 1915,WEB, May 23, 2008,weblink Dwight David Eisenhower, Internet Public Library,weblink" title="">weblink May 11, 2008, dead, which became known as "the class the stars fell on", because 59 members eventually became general officers.

Personal life

While Eisenhower was stationed in Texas, he met Mamie Doud of Boone, Iowa.{{r|barnett19421109}} They were immediately taken with each other. He proposed to her on Valentine's Day in 1916.WEB,weblink The Man Who Changed America, Part I, Richard F. Weingroff,, March–April 2003, A November wedding date in Denver was moved up to July 1 due to the pending U.S. entry into World War I. They moved many times during their first 35 years of marriage.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=59–60}}The Eisenhowers had two sons. Doud Dwight "Icky" Eisenhower (1917–1921) died of scarlet fever at the age of three.BOOK, Berger-Knorr, Lawrence, The Pennsylvania Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 8, Eisenhower was mostly reticent to discuss his death.{{r|beckett}} Their second son, John Eisenhower (1922–2013), was born in Denver, Colorado.NEWS,weblink John S.D. Eisenhower dies; historian and president's son was 91, December 21, 2013, The Washington Post, August 16, 2017, Martin, Weil, Emily, Langer, John served in the United States Army, retired as a brigadier general, became an author and served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium from 1969 to 1971. Coincidentally, John graduated from West Point on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He married Barbara Jean Thompson on June 10, 1947. John and Barbara had four children: David, Barbara Ann, Susan Elaine and Mary Jean. David, after whom Camp David is named,WEB,weblink Camp David, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home, Ike re-named it 'Camp David' in honor of his grandson David Eisenhower, August 16, 2017,, married Richard Nixon's daughter Julie in 1968.(File:Mamie eisenhower.gif|thumb|upright=0.9|left|Mamie Eisenhower, painted in 1953 by Thomas E. Stephens)Eisenhower was a golf enthusiast later in life, and he joined the Augusta National Golf Club in 1948.Owen, David (1999). The Making of the Masters: Clifford Roberts, Augusta National, and Golf's Most Prestigious Tournament, Simon and Schuster, {{ISBN|0684857294}}. He played golf frequently during and after his presidency and was unreserved in expressing his passion for the game, to the point of golfing during winter; he ordered his golf balls painted black so he could see them better against snow on the ground. He had a small, basic golf facility installed at Camp David, and became close friends with the Augusta National Chairman Clifford Roberts, inviting Roberts to stay at the White House on several occasions. Roberts, an investment broker, also handled the Eisenhower family's investments. Roberts also advised Eisenhower on tax aspects of publishing his memoirs, which proved financially lucrative.Oil painting was one of Eisenhower's hobbies.{{r|beckett}} He began painting while at Columbia University, after watching Thomas E. Stephens paint Mamie's portrait. In order to relax, Eisenhower painted about 260 oils during the last 20 years of his life. The images were mostly landscapes, but also portraits of subjects such as Mamie, their grandchildren, General Montgomery, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln.NEWS,weblink New Exhibit Offers a Look at Eisenhower the Artist, Los Angeles Times, November 17, 1990, January 13, 2012, Dodson, Marcida, Wendy Beckett stated that Eisenhower's work, "simple and earnest, rather cause us to wonder at the hidden depths of this reticent president". A conservative in both art and politics, he in a 1962 speech denounced modern art as "a piece of canvas that looks like a broken-down Tin Lizzie, loaded with paint, has been driven over it".JOURNAL,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, June 5, 2012, President Eisenhower: Painter, Beckett, Wendy, White House History, 21, 30–40, harv, Angels in the Outfield was Eisenhower's favorite movie.WEB, Erickson, Hal, Angels in the Outfield (1951): Review Summary,weblink New York Times, September 25, 2013, His favorite reading material for relaxation were the Western novels of Zane Grey.BOOK, Schaeper, Thomas J., Rhodes Scholars, Oxford, and the Creation of an American Elite, 2010, Berghahn Books, Oxford, NY, 978-1845457211, 210, With his excellent memory and ability to focus, Eisenhower was skilled at card games. He learned poker, which he called his "favorite indoor sport", in Abilene. Eisenhower recorded West Point classmates' poker losses for payment after graduation, and later stopped playing because his opponents resented having to pay him. A friend reported that after learning to play contract bridge at West Point, Eisenhower played the game six nights a week for five months.BOOK, Eisenhower in War and Peace, Random House, Smith, Jean Edward, 2012, 31–2, 38, 978-0679644293, Eisenhower continued to play bridge throughout his military career. While stationed in the Philippines, he played regularly with President Manuel Quezon. During WWII, an unwritten qualification for an officer's appointment to Eisenhower's staff was the ability to play a sound game of bridge. He played even during the stressful weeks leading up to the D-Day landings. His favorite partner was General Alfred Gruenther, considered the best player in the U.S. Army; he appointed Gruenther his second-in-command at NATO partly because of his skill at bridge. Saturday night bridge games at the White House were a feature of his presidency. He was a strong player, though not an expert by modern standards. The great bridge player and popularizer Ely Culbertson described his game as classic and sound with "flashes of brilliance", and said that "You can always judge a man's character by the way he plays cards. Eisenhower is a calm and collected player and never whines at his losses. He is brilliant in victory but never commits the bridge player's worst crime of gloating when he wins." Bridge expert Oswald Jacoby frequently participated in the White House games, and said, "The President plays better bridge than golf. He tries to break 90 at golf. At bridge, you would say he plays in the 70s."WEB,weblink D-Day Memories of the Bridge Player in Chief, Karen, Walker, American Contract Bridge League, ACBL District 8, June 2009, May 25, 2016,

World War I

{{See also|Military career of Dwight D. Eisenhower}}After graduation in 1915, Second Lieutenant Eisenhower requested an assignment in the Philippines, which was denied. He served initially in logistics and then the infantry at various camps in Texas and Georgia until 1918. In 1916, while stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Eisenhower was football coach for St. Louis College, now St. Mary's University.Ambrose (1983), p.56. Eisenhower was an honorary member of the Sigma Beta Chi fraternity at St. Mary's University.WEB,weblink We Remember, Sigma Beta Chi, March 20, 2018, In late 1917, while he was in charge of training at Ft. Oglethorpe in Georgia, his wife Mamie had their first son.When the U.S. entered World War I, he immediately requested an overseas assignment but was again denied and then assigned to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=61–62}} In February 1918, he was transferred to Camp Meade in Maryland with the 65th Engineers. His unit was later ordered to France, but to his chagrin he received orders for the new tank corps, where he was promoted to brevet lieutenant colonel in the National Army.Ambrose (1983), p.62. He commanded a unit that trained tank crews at Camp Colt â€“ his first command â€“ at the site of "Pickett's Charge" on the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Civil War battleground. Though Eisenhower and his tank crews never saw combat, he displayed excellent organizational skills, as well as an ability to accurately assess junior officers' strengths and make optimal placements of personnel.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=63}}Once again his spirits were raised when the unit under his command received orders overseas to France. This time his wishes were thwarted when the armistice was signed a week before his departure date.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=65}} Completely missing out on the warfront left him depressed and bitter for a time, despite receiving the Distinguished Service Medal for his work at home.{{citation needed|date=June 2015}} In World War II, rivals who had combat service in the first great war (led by Gen. Bernard Montgomery) sought to denigrate Eisenhower for his previous lack of combat duty, despite his stateside experience establishing a camp, completely equipped, for thousands of troops, and developing a full combat training schedule.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=68}}

In service of generals

(File:Eisenhower transcontinental military convoy.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|Eisenhower (far right) with three unidentified men in 1919, four years after graduating from West Point)After the war, Eisenhower reverted to his regular rank of captain and a few days later was promoted to major, a rank he held for 16 years. The major was assigned in 1919 to a transcontinental Army convoy to test vehicles and dramatize the need for improved roads in the nation. Indeed, the convoy averaged only 5 mph from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco; later the improvement of highways became a signature issue for Eisenhower as President.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=69}}He assumed duties again at Camp Meade, Maryland, commanding a battalion of tanks, where he remained until 1922. His schooling continued, focused on the nature of the next war and the role of the tank in it. His new expertise in tank warfare was strengthened by a close collaboration with George S. Patton, Sereno E. Brett, and other senior tank leaders. Their leading-edge ideas of speed-oriented offensive tank warfare were strongly discouraged by superiors, who considered the new approach too radical and preferred to continue using tanks in a strictly supportive role for the infantry. Eisenhower was even threatened with court-martial for continued publication of these proposed methods of tank deployment, and he relented.{{harvnb|Sixsmith|1973|p=6}}{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=70–3}}From 1920, Eisenhower served under a succession of talented generals â€“ Fox Conner, John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur and George Marshall. He first became executive officer to General Conner in the Panama Canal Zone, where, joined by Mamie, he served until 1924. Under Conner's tutelage, he studied military history and theory (including Carl von Clausewitz's On War), and later cited Conner's enormous influence on his military thinking, saying in 1962 that "Fox Conner was the ablest man I ever knew." Conner's comment on Eisenhower was, "[He] is one of the most capable, efficient and loyal officers I have ever met."{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=73–6}} On Conner's recommendation, in 1925–26 he attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he graduated first in a class of 245 officers.WEB,weblink Watershed at Leavenworth, September 6, 2008, Bender, Mark C., 1990, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 29, 2008, American President: An Online Reference Resource, Dwight David Eisenhower (1890–1969), "Life Before the Presidency," {{webarchive|url= |date=June 5, 2011 }} Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. He then served as a battalion commander at Fort Benning, Georgia, until 1927.During the late 1920s and early 1930s, Eisenhower's career in the post-war army stalled somewhat, as military priorities diminished; many of his friends resigned for high-paying business jobs. He was assigned to the American Battle Monuments Commission directed by General Pershing, and with the help of his brother Milton Eisenhower, then a journalist at the Agriculture Department, he produced a guide to American battlefields in Europe.BOOK, Steven, Trout, On the Battlefield of Memory: The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919–1941, 2010, xv–xxxii, He then was assigned to the Army War College and graduated in 1928. After a one-year assignment in France, Eisenhower served as executive officer to General George V. Mosely, Assistant Secretary of War, from 1929 to February 1933.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=82}} Major Dwight D. Eisenhower graduated from the Army Industrial College (Washington, DC) in 1933 and later served on the faculty (it was later expanded to become the Industrial College of the Armed Services and is now known as the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy).WEB,weblink General of the Army Dwight David Eisenhower, March 16, 2016, Army Historical Foundation, WEB,weblink Dwight David Eisenhower, The Cenntennial, March 16, 2016, 1990, U.S. Army Center of Military History, His primary duty was planning for the next war, which proved most difficult in the midst of the Great Depression.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=88}} He then was posted as chief military aide to General Douglas MacArthur, Army Chief of Staff. In 1932 he participated in the clearing of the Bonus March encampment in Washington, D.C. Although he was against the actions taken against the veterans and strongly advised MacArthur against taking a public role in it, he later wrote the Army's official incident report, endorsing MacArthur's conduct.BOOK, Eisenhower, Wukovits, John F., 2006, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 978-0-230-61394-2, 43,weblink June 15, 2011, BOOK, Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, D'Este, Carlo, Carlo D'Este, 2002, Henry Holt & Co., New York, 0-8050-5687-4, 223,weblink June 15, 2011, In 1935 he accompanied MacArthur to the Philippines, where he served as assistant military adviser to the Philippine government in developing their army. Eisenhower had strong philosophical disagreements with MacArthur regarding the role of the Philippine Army and the leadership qualities that an American army officer should exhibit and develop in his subordinates. The resulting antipathy between Eisenhower and MacArthur lasted the rest of their lives.Irish, Kerry. "Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines: There Must Be a Day of Reckoning", Journal of Military History, April 2010, Vol. 74, Issue 2, pp. 439–73.Historians have concluded that this assignment provided valuable preparation for handling the challenging personalities of Winston Churchill, George S. Patton, George Marshall, and General Montgomery during World War II. Eisenhower later emphasized that too much had been made of the disagreements with MacArthur, and that a positive relationship endured.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=94}} While in Manila, Mamie suffered a life-threatening stomach ailment but recovered fully. Eisenhower was promoted to the rank of permanent lieutenant colonel in 1936. He also learned to fly, making a solo flight over the Philippines in 1937, and obtained his private pilot's license in 1939 at Fort Lewis.WEB,weblink Dwight D. Eisenhower Pre-Presidential Papers, 1916–52, Eisenhower Presidential Library, August 16, 2017, 1997, 74, references to Eisenhower's pilot's license, JOURNAL, Air Progress, August 1989, 62, Nick Komons, unknown title, Also around this time, he was offered a post by the Philippine Commonwealth Government, namely by then Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon on recommendations by MacArthur, to become the chief of police of a new capital being planned, now named Quezon City, but he declined the offer.BOOK, Merrit, Jésus V., Our presidents: profiles in history, 77, 1962, Philippines, Eisenhower returned to the United States in December 1939 and was assigned as commanding officer (CO) of the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington, later becoming the regimental executive officer. In March 1941 he was promoted to colonel and assigned as chief of staff of the newly activated IX Corps under Major General Kenyon Joyce. In June 1941, he was appointed chief of staff to General Walter Krueger, Commander of the Third Army, at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. After successfully participating in the Louisiana Maneuvers, he was promoted to brigadier general on October 3, 1941.Korda (2007), pp 239–243WEB,weblink The Eisenhowers: The General,, May 3, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink December 30, 2010, Although his administrative abilities had been noticed, on the eve of the American entry into World War II he had never held an active command above a battalion and was far from being considered by many as a potential commander of major operations.

World War II

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Eisenhower was assigned to the General Staff in Washington, where he served until June 1942 with responsibility for creating the major war plans to defeat Japan and Germany. He was appointed Deputy Chief in charge of Pacific Defenses under the Chief of War Plans Division (WPD), General Leonard T. Gerow, and then succeeded Gerow as Chief of the War Plans Division. Next, he was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff in charge of the new Operations Division (which replaced WPD) under Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall, who spotted talent and promoted accordingly.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=}}At the end of May 1942, Eisenhower accompanied Lt. Gen. Henry H. Arnold, commanding general of the Army Air Forces, to London to assess the effectiveness of the theater commander in England, Maj. Gen. James E. Chaney.WEB,weblink Major General James E. Chaney, August 16, 2017,, U.S. Air Force, From January 1942 to June 1942, he was the commanding general, U.S. Army Forces in the British Isles., He returned to Washington on June 3 with a pessimistic assessment, stating he had an "uneasy feeling" about Chaney and his staff. On June 23, 1942, he returned to London as Commanding General, European Theater of Operations (ETOUSA), based in London and with a house on Coombe, Kingston upon Thames,Eisenhower lived in 'Telegraph Cottage', Warren Road, Coombe, Kingston upon Thames from 1942 to 1944. In 1995, a plaque commemorating this was placed there by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. It can be seen at the north end of Warren Road. and took over command of ETOUSA from Chaney.BOOK, Huston, John W., American Airpower Comes of Age: General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold's World War II Diaries, Maj. Gen. John W. Huston, USAF, Air University Press, 1585660930, 2002, 288, 312,weblink He was promoted to lieutenant general on July 7.

Operations Torch and Avalanche

File:Major General Dwight Eisenhower, 1942 TR207.jpg|thumb|Eisenhower as a major general, 1942]]In November 1942, Eisenhower was also appointed Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force of the North African Theater of Operations (NATOUSA) through the new operational Headquarters Allied (Expeditionary) Force Headquarters (A(E)FHQ). The word "expeditionary" was dropped soon after his appointment for security reasons.{{Failed verification|date=July 2016}} The campaign in North Africa was designated Operation Torch and was planned underground within the Rock of Gibraltar. Eisenhower was the first non-British person to command Gibraltar in 200 years.NEWS, Gallagher, Wes, Eisenhower Commanded Gibraltar,weblink April 29, 2013, The Lewiston Daily Sun, December 1942, French cooperation was deemed necessary to the campaign, and Eisenhower encountered a "preposterous situation"{{according to whom|date=March 2019}} with the multiple rival factions in France. His primary objective was to move forces successfully into Tunisia, and intending to facilitate that objective, he gave his support to François Darlan as High Commissioner in North Africa, despite Darlan's previous high offices of state in Vichy France and his continued role as commander-in-chief of the French armed forces. The Allied leaders were "thunderstruck"{{according to whom|date=March 2019}} by this from a political standpoint, though none of them had offered Eisenhower guidance with the problem in the course of planning the operation. Eisenhower was severely criticized{{by whom|date=March 2019}} for the move. Darlan was assassinated on December 24 by Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle. Eisenhower did not take action to prevent the arrest and extrajudicial execution of Bonnier de La Chapelle by associates of Darlan acting without authority from either Vichy or the Allies, considering it a criminal rather than a military matter.Atkinson, An Army at Dawn, pp. 251–2. Eisenhower later appointed, as High Commissioner, General Henri Giraud, who had been installed by the Allies as Darlan's commander-in-chief, and who had refused to postpone the execution.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=204–10}}File:Franklin_D._Roosevelt,_General_Eisenhower,_and_General_Patton_in_Castelvetrano,_Sicily_-_NARA_-_196611.jpg|thumb|left|General Eisenhower, General Patton (standing to the left) and President Roosevelt in SicilySicilyOperation Torch also served as a valuable training ground for Eisenhower's combat command skills; during the initial phase of Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel's move into the Kasserine Pass, Eisenhower created some confusion in the ranks by some interference with the execution of battle plans by his subordinates. He also was initially indecisive in his removal of Lloyd Fredendall, commanding U.S. II Corps. He became more adroit in such matters in later campaigns.Ambrose (1983), pp. 230–3. In February 1943, his authority was extended as commander of AFHQ across the Mediterranean basin to include the British Eighth Army, commanded by General Sir Bernard Montgomery. The Eighth Army had advanced across the Western Desert from the east and was ready for the start of the Tunisia Campaign. Eisenhower gained his fourth star and gave up command of ETOUSA to become commander of NATOUSA.After the capitulation of Axis forces in North Africa, Eisenhower oversaw the invasion of Sicily. Once Mussolini, the Italian leader, had fallen in Italy, the Allies switched their attention to the mainland with Operation Avalanche. But while Eisenhower argued with President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill, who both insisted on unconditional terms of surrender in exchange for helping the Italians, the Germans pursued an aggressive buildup of forces in the country. The Germans made the already tough battle more difficult by adding 19 divisions and initially outnumbering the Allied forces 2 to 1.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=254–5}}

Supreme Allied commander and Operation Overlord

In December 1943, President Roosevelt decided that Eisenhower â€“ not Marshall â€“ would be Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. The following month, he resumed command of ETOUSA and the following month was officially designated as the Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), serving in a dual role until the end of hostilities in Europe in May 1945.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=275–6}} He was charged in these positions with planning and carrying out the Allied assault on the coast of Normandy in June 1944 under the code name Operation Overlord, the liberation of Western Europe and the invasion of Germany.File:Eisenhower d-day.jpg|thumb|left|Eisenhower speaks with men of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Division, on June 5, 1944, the day before the D-Day invasion.]]Eisenhower, as well as the officers and troops under him, had learned valuable lessons in their previous operations, and their skills had all strengthened in preparation for the next most difficult campaign against the Germans—a beach landing assault. His first struggles, however, were with Allied leaders and officers on matters vital to the success of the Normandy invasion; he argued with Roosevelt over an essential agreement with De Gaulle to use French resistance forces in covert and sabotage operations against the Germans in advance of Overlord.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=280–1}} Admiral Ernest J. King fought with Eisenhower over King's refusal to provide additional landing craft from the Pacific.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=284}} Eisenhower also insisted that the British give him exclusive command over all strategic air forces to facilitate Overlord, to the point of threatening to resign unless Churchill relented, which he did.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=286–8}} Eisenhower then designed a bombing plan in France in advance of Overlord and argued with Churchill over the latter's concern with civilian casualties; de Gaulle interjected that the casualties were justified in shedding the yoke of the Germans, and Eisenhower prevailed.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=289}} He also had to skillfully manage to retain the services of the often unruly George S. Patton, by severely reprimanding him when Patton earlier had slapped a subordinate, and then when Patton gave a speech in which he made improper comments about postwar policy.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=250, 298}}(File:American World War II senior military officials, 1945.JPEG|thumb|From left, front row includes army officers Simpson, Patton, Spaatz, Eisenhower, Bradley, Hodges and Gerow in 1945)The D-Day Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, were costly but successful. Two months later (August 15), the invasion of Southern France took place, and control of forces in the southern invasion passed from the AFHQ to the SHAEF. Many thought that victory in Europe would come by summer's end, but the Germans did not capitulate for almost a year. From then until the end of the war in Europe on May 8, 1945, Eisenhower, through SHAEF, commanded all Allied forces, and through his command of ETOUSA had administrative command of all U.S. forces on the Western Front north of the Alps. He was ever mindful of the inevitable loss of life and suffering that would be experienced on an individual level by the troops under his command and their families. This prompted him to make a point of visiting every division involved in the invasion.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=278}} Eisenhower's sense of responsibility was underscored by his draft of a statement to be issued if the invasion failed. It has been called one of the great speeches of history:Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.William Safire, Lend me your ears: great speeches in history (2004) p. 1143

Liberation of France and victory in Europe

File:Allied Commanders after Germany Surrendered.jpg|thumb|left|Eisenhower with Allied commanders following the signing of the German Instrument of SurrenderGerman Instrument of SurrenderOnce the coastal assault had succeeded, Eisenhower insisted on retaining personal control over the land battle strategy, and was immersed in the command and supply of multiple assaults through France on Germany. Field Marshal Montgomery insisted priority be given to his 21st Army Group's attack being made in the north, while Generals Bradley (12th U.S. Army Group) and Devers (Sixth U.S. Army Group) insisted they be given priority in the center and south of the front (respectively). Eisenhower worked tirelessly to address the demands of the rival commanders to optimize Allied forces, often by giving them tactical latitude; many historians conclude this delayed the Allied victory in Europe. However, due to Eisenhower's persistence, the pivotal supply port at Antwerp was successfully, albeit belatedly, opened in late 1944, and victory became a more distinct probability.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=340–54}}(File:Dwight D. Eisenhower as General of the Army crop.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|Eisenhower as General of the Army, 1945)In recognition of his senior position in the Allied command, on December 20, 1944, he was promoted to General of the Army, equivalent to the rank of Field Marshal in most European armies. In this and the previous high commands he held, Eisenhower showed his great talents for leadership and diplomacy. Although he had never seen action himself, he won the respect of front-line commanders. He interacted adeptly with allies such as Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and General Charles de Gaulle. He had serious disagreements with Churchill and Montgomery over questions of strategy, but these rarely upset his relationships with them. He dealt with Soviet Marshal Zhukov, his Russian counterpart, and they became good friends.Jean Edward Smith, Eisenhower in War and Peace (2012) p. 451.In December 1944, the Germans launched a surprise counter offensive, the Battle of the Bulge, which the Allies turned back in early 1945 after Eisenhower repositioned his armies and improved weather allowed the Air Force to engage.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=375–80}} German defenses continued to deteriorate on both the eastern front with the Soviets and the western front with the Allies. The British wanted to capture Berlin, but Eisenhower decided it would be a military mistake for him to attack Berlin, and said orders to that effect would have to be explicit. The British backed down, but then wanted Eisenhower to move into Czechoslovakia for political reasons. Washington refused to support Churchill's plan to use Eisenhower's army for political maneuvers against Moscow. The actual division of Germany followed the lines that Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin had previously agreed upon. The Soviet Red Army captured Berlin in a very large-scale bloody battle, and the Germans finally surrendered on May 7, 1945.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=395–406}}In 1945 Eisenhower anticipated that someday an attempt would be made to recharacterize Nazi crimes as propaganda (Holocaust denial) and took steps against it by demanding extensive still and movie photographic documentation of Nazi death camps.{{harvnb|Hobbs|1999|p=223}}

After World War II

Military Governor in Germany and Army Chief of Staff

File:American Sector Germany.png|thumb|General Eisenhower served as military governor of the American zone (highlighted) in Allied-occupied GermanyAllied-occupied GermanyFollowing the German unconditional surrender, Eisenhower was appointed military governor of the American occupation zone, located primarily in Southern Germany, and headquartered at the IG Farben Building in Frankfurt am Main. Upon discovery of the Nazi concentration camps, he ordered camera crews to document evidence of the atrocities in them for use in the Nuremberg Trials. He reclassified German prisoners of war (POWs) in U.S. custody as Disarmed Enemy Forces (DEFs), who were no longer subject to the Geneva Convention. Eisenhower followed the orders laid down by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in directive JCS 1067, but softened them by bringing in 400,000 tons of food for civilians and allowing more fraternization.Zink, Harold (1947). American Military Government in Germany, pp. 39–86Goedde, Petra. "From Villains to Victims: Fraternization and the Feminization of Germany, 1945–1947", Diplomatic History, Winter 1999, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 1–19Tent, James F. (1982), Mission on the Rhine: Reeducation and Denazification in American-Occupied Germany In response to the devastation in Germany, including food shortages and an influx of refugees, he arranged distribution of American food and medical equipment.Zink, Harold (1957). The United States in Germany, 1944–1955 His actions reflected the new American attitudes of the German people as Nazi victims not villains, while aggressively purging the ex-Nazis.Ambrose (1983). Eisenhower, pp. 421–5Goedde, Petra (2002). GIs and Germans: Culture, Gender and Foreign Relations, 1945–1949(File:General Dwight Eisenhower in Warsaw, 1945.jpg|thumb|left|General Eisenhower (left) in Warsaw, Poland, 1945)In November 1945, Eisenhower returned to Washington to replace Marshall as Chief of Staff of the Army. His main role was rapid demobilization of millions of soldiers, a job that was delayed by lack of shipping. Eisenhower was convinced in 1946 that the Soviet Union did not want war and that friendly relations could be maintained; he strongly supported the new United Nations and favored its involvement in the control of atomic bombs. However, in formulating policies regarding the atomic bomb and relations with the Soviets, Truman was guided by the U.S. State Department and ignored Eisenhower and the Pentagon. Indeed, Eisenhower had opposed the use of the atomic bomb against the Japanese, writing, "First, the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing. Second, I hated to see our country be the first to use such a weapon."Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, with Rhodes citing a 1963 profile called "Ike on Ike, in Newsweek November 11, 1963 Initially, Eisenhower hoped for cooperation with the Soviets.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=432–52}} He even visited Warsaw in 1945. Invited by Bolesław Bierut and decorated with the highest military decoration, he was shocked by the scale of destruction in the city.WEB,weblink Dwight Eisenhower in Poland, Polish Radio, April 3, 2016, However, by mid-1947, as East–West tensions over economic recovery in Germany and the Greek Civil War escalated, Eisenhower agreed with a containment policy to stop Soviet expansion.

1948 presidential election

In June 1943, a visiting politician had suggested to Eisenhower that he might become President of the United States after the war. Believing that a general should not participate in politics, Merlo J. Pusey wrote that "figuratively speaking, [Eisenhower] kicked his political-minded visitor out of his office". As others asked him about his political future, Eisenhower told one that he could not imagine wanting to be considered for any political job "from dogcatcher to Grand High Supreme King of the Universe", and another that he could not serve as Army Chief of Staff if others believed he had political ambitions. In 1945 Truman told Eisenhower during the Potsdam Conference that if desired, the president would help the general win the 1948 election,BOOK,weblink Eisenhower, the President, Macmillan, Pusey, Merlo J., 1956, 1–6, and in 1947 he offered to run as Eisenhower's running mate on the Democratic ticket if MacArthur won the Republican nomination."Truman Wrote of '48 Offer to Eisenhower" The New York Times, July 11, 2003.As the election approached, other prominent citizens and politicians from both parties urged Eisenhower to run for president. In January 1948, after learning of plans in New Hampshire to elect delegates supporting him for the forthcoming Republican National Convention, Eisenhower stated through the Army that he was "not available for and could not accept nomination to high political office"; "life-long professional soldiers", he wrote, "in the absence of some obvious and overriding reason, [should] abstain from seeking high political office".{{r|pusey1956}} Eisenhower maintained no political party affiliation during this time. Many believed he was forgoing his only opportunity to be president: Republican Thomas E. Dewey was considered the probable winner and would presumably serve two terms, meaning that Eisenhower, at age 66 in 1956, would be too old to have another chance to run.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=455–60}}

President at Columbia University and NATO Supreme Commander

File:Bundesarchiv Bild 183-14059-0018, Berlin, Oberbefehlshaber der vier Verbündeten.jpg|thumb|The Supreme Commanders of the Four Powers on June 5, 1945, in Berlin: Bernard Montgomery, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Georgy Zhukov and Jean de Lattre de TassignyJean de Lattre de TassignyIn 1948 Eisenhower became President of Columbia University, an Ivy League university in New York City, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.WEB,weblink ΦΒΚ U.S. Presidents, August 16, 2017, Phi Beta Kappa, The assignment was described as not being a good fit in either direction.Ambrose (1983). Eisenhower, ch. 24 During that year Eisenhower's memoir, Crusade in Europe, was published.Crusade in Europe, Doubleday; 1st edition (1948), 559 pages, {{ISBN|1125300914}} Critics regarded it as one of the finest U.S. military memoirs, and it was a major financial success as well. Eisenhower's profit on the book was substantially aided by an unprecedented ruling{{citation needed|date=August 2018}} by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that Eisenhower was not a professional writer, but rather, marketing the lifetime asset of his experiences, and thus he had to pay only capital gains tax on his $635,000 advance instead of the much higher personal tax rate. This ruling saved Eisenhower about $400,000.Pietrusza, David, 1948: Harry Truman's Victory and the Year That Transformed America, Union Square Punlishing, 2011, p. 201Eisenhower's stint as the president of Columbia University was punctuated by his activity within the Council on Foreign Relations, a study group he led as president concerning the political and military implications of the Marshall Plan, and The American Assembly, Eisenhower's "vision of a great cultural center where business, professional and governmental leaders could meet from time to time to discuss and reach conclusions concerning problems of a social and political nature". His biographer Blanche Wiesen Cook suggested that this period served as "the political education of General Eisenhower", since he had to prioritize wide-ranging educational, administrative, and financial demands for the university. Through his involvement in the Council on Foreign Relations, he also gained exposure to economic analysis, which would become the bedrock of his understanding in economic policy. "Whatever General Eisenhower knows about economics, he has learned at the study group meetings," one Aid to Europe member claimed.Eisenhower accepted the presidency of the university to expand his ability to promote "the American form of democracy" through education. He was clear on this point to the trustees involved in the search committee. He informed them that his main purpose was "to promote the basic concepts of education in a democracy". As a result, he was "almost incessantly" devoted to the idea of the American Assembly, a concept he developed into an institution by the end of 1950.Within months of beginning his tenure as the president of the university, Eisenhower was requested to advise U.S. Secretary of Defense James Forrestal on the unification of the armed services. About six months after his appointment, he became the informal Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington. Two months later he fell ill, and he spent over a month in recovery at the Augusta National Golf Club. He returned to his post in New York in mid-May, and in July 1949 took a two-month vacation out-of-state. Because the American Assembly had begun to take shape, he traveled around the country during mid-to-late 1950, building financial support from Columbia Associates, an alumni association.Eisenhower was unknowingly building resentment and a reputation among the Columbia University faculty and staff as an absentee president who was using the university for his own interests. As a career military man, he naturally had little in common with the academics.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=479–83}}The contacts gained through university and American Assembly fund-raising activities would later become important supporters in Eisenhower's bid for the Republican party nomination and the presidency. Meanwhile, Columbia University's liberal faculty members became disenchanted with the university president's ties to oilmen and businessmen, including Leonard McCollum, the president of Continental Oil; Frank Abrams, the chairman of Standard Oil of New Jersey; Bob Kleberg, the president of the King Ranch; H. J. Porter, a Texas oil executive; Bob Woodruff, the president of the Coca-Cola Corporation; and Clarence Francis, the chairman of General Foods.As the president of Columbia, Eisenhower gave voice and form to his opinions about the supremacy and difficulties of American democracy. His tenure marked his transformation from military to civilian leadership. His biographer Travis Beal Jacobs also suggested that the alienation of the Columbia faculty contributed to sharp intellectual criticism of him for many years.Warshaw, Shirley Anne (1993). Reexamining the Eisenhower presidency, Greenwood Press, {{ISBN|0313287929}}The trustees of Columbia University refused to accept Eisenhower's resignation in December 1950, when he took an extended leave from the university to become the Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and he was given operational command of NATO forces in Europe. Eisenhower retired from active service as an army general on May 31, 1952, and he resumed his presidency of Columbia. He held this position until January 20, 1953, when he became the President of the United States.NATO did not have strong bipartisan support in Congress at the time that Eisenhower assumed its military command. Eisenhower advised the participating European nations that it would be incumbent upon them to demonstrate their own commitment of troops and equipment to the NATO force before such would come from the war-weary United States.At home, Eisenhower was more effective in making the case for NATO in Congress than the Truman administration had been. By the middle of 1951, with American and European support, NATO was a genuine military power. Nevertheless, Eisenhower thought that NATO would become a truly European alliance, with the American and Canadian commitments ending after about ten years.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=502–11}}

Presidential campaign of 1952

(File:I Like Ike button, 1952.png|thumb|upright|Eisenhower button from the 1952 campaign)President Truman sensed a broad-based desire for an Eisenhower candidacy for president, and he again pressed him to run for the office as a Democrat in 1951. But Eisenhower voiced his disagreements with the Democratic Party and declared himself to be a Republican.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=512}} A "Draft Eisenhower" movement in the Republican Party persuaded him to declare his candidacy in the 1952 presidential election to counter the candidacy of non-interventionist Senator Robert A. Taft. The effort was a long struggle; Eisenhower had to be convinced that political circumstances had created a genuine duty for him to offer himself as a candidate, and that there was a mandate from the public for him to be their President. Henry Cabot Lodge and others succeeded in convincing him, and he resigned his command at NATO in June 1952 to campaign full-time.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=524–8}}Eisenhower defeated Taft for the nomination, having won critical delegate votes from Texas. His campaign was noted for the simple slogan "I Like Ike". It was essential to his success that Eisenhower express opposition to Roosevelt's policy at Yalta and to Truman's policies in Korea and China—matters in which he had once participated.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=530}}NEWS,weblink Time, November 10, 2008, When New President Meets Old, It's Not Always Pretty, Nancy, Gibbs, In defeating Taft for the nomination, it became necessary for Eisenhower to appease the right wing Old Guard of the Republican Party; his selection of Richard Nixon as the Vice-President on the ticket was designed in part for that purpose. Nixon also provided a strong anti-communist presence, as well as some youth to counter Ike's more advanced age.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|pp=541–46}}(File:ElectoralCollege1952.svg|left|thumb|upright=1.25|1952 electoral vote results)Eisenhower insisted on campaigning in the South in the general election, against the advice of his campaign team, refusing to surrender the region to the Democratic Party. The campaign strategy was dubbed "K1C2" and was intended to focus on attacking the Truman and Roosevelt administrations on three issues: Korea, Communism, and corruption. In an effort to accommodate the right, he stressed that the liberation of Eastern Europe should be by peaceful means only; he also distanced himself from his former boss President Truman.Two controversies tested him and his staff during the campaign, but they did not affect the campaign. One involved a report that Nixon had improperly received funds from a secret trust. Nixon spoke out adroitly to avoid potential damage, but the matter permanently alienated the two candidates. The second issue centered on Eisenhower's relented decision to confront the controversial methods of Joseph McCarthy on his home turf in a Wisconsin appearance.Ambrose (1983). Eisenhower, pp. 556–67. Just two weeks before the election, Eisenhower vowed to go to Korea and end the war there. He promised to maintain a strong commitment against Communism while avoiding the topic of NATO; finally, he stressed a corruption-free, frugal administration at home.Eisenhower defeated Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson II in a landslide, with an electoral margin of 442 to 89, marking the first Republican return to the White House in 20 years. He also brought a Republican majority in the House, by eight votes, and in the Senate, evenly divided with Vice President Nixon providing Republicans the majority.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1983|p=571}}Eisenhower was the last president born in the 19th century, and he was the oldest president-elect at age 62 since James Buchanan in 1856.BOOK, How We Got Here: The 70s The Decade That Brought You Modern Life – For Better Or Worse, Frum, David, David Frum, 2000, Basic Books, New York, New York, 0-465-04196-5, 7, He was the third commanding general of the Army to serve as president, after George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant, and the last to have not held political office prior to being president until Donald Trump entered office in January 2017.WEB, Crockett, Zachary, Donald Trump is the only US president ever with no political or military experience,weblink, January 23, 2017, January 8, 2019,

Election of 1956

(File:ElectoralCollege1956.svg|right|thumb|upright=1.25|1956 electoral vote results)The United States presidential election of 1956 was held on November 6, 1956. Eisenhower, the popular incumbent, successfully ran for re-election. The election was a re-match of 1952, as his opponent in 1956 was Stevenson, a former Illinois governor, whom Eisenhower had defeated four years earlier. Compared to the 1952 election, Eisenhower gained Kentucky, Louisiana, and West Virginia from Stevenson, while losing Missouri. His voters were less likely to bring up his leadership record. Instead what stood out this time, "was the response to personal qualities— to his sincerity, his integrity and sense of duty, his virtue as a family man, his religious devotion, and his sheer likeableness."BOOK, Angus Campbell, Philip L. Converse, Warren E. Miller, Donald E. Stokes, The American Voter,weblink 1960, 56, 978-0226092546,

Presidency (1953–1961)

Truman and Eisenhower had minimal discussions about the transition of administrations due to a complete estrangement between them as a result of campaigning.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=14}} Eisenhower selected Joseph M. Dodge as his budget director, then asked Herbert Brownell Jr. and Lucius D. Clay to make recommendations for his cabinet appointments. He accepted their recommendations without exception; they included John Foster Dulles and George M. Humphrey with whom he developed his closest relationships, as well as Oveta Culp Hobby. His cabinet consisted of several corporate executives and one labor leader, and one journalist dubbed it "eight millionaires and a plumber."{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=24}} The cabinet was known for its lack of personal friends, office seekers, or experienced government administrators. He also upgraded the role of the National Security Council in planning all phases of the Cold War.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=20–5}}Prior to his inauguration, Eisenhower led a meeting of advisors at Pearl Harbor addressing foremost issues; agreed objectives were to balance the budget during his term, to bring the Korean War to an end, to defend vital interests at lower cost through nuclear deterrent, and to end price and wage controls.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=32}} He also conducted the first pre-inaugural cabinet meeting in history in late 1952; he used this meeting to articulate his anti-communist Russia policy. His inaugural address was also exclusively devoted to foreign policy and included this same philosophy as well as a commitment to foreign trade and the United Nations.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=43}}(File:Dwight D. Eisenhower, White House photo portrait, February 1959.jpg|thumb|February 1959 White House Portrait)Eisenhower made greater use of press conferences than any previous president, holding almost 200 over his two terms. He saw the benefit of maintaining a good relationship with the press, and he saw value in them as a means of direct communication with the American people.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=52}}Throughout his presidency, Eisenhower adhered to a political philosophy of dynamic conservatism.WEB, Black, Allida, Hopkins, June, etal, 2003, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt: Dwight Eisenhower, November 26, 2011,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink January 5, 2007, He described himself as a "progressive conservative"BOOK, David Eisenhower, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Going Home To Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961–1969,weblink October 11, 2011, Simon and Schuster, 978-1439190913, 126, and used terms such as "progressive moderate" and "dynamic conservatism" to describe his approach.BOOK,weblink Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 978-1623768300, Eisenhower, Dwight D., 1959, 270, Best Books on, He continued all the major New Deal programs still in operation, especially Social Security. He expanded its programs and rolled them into the new cabinet-level agency of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, while extending benefits to an additional ten million workers. He implemented racial integration in the Armed Services in two years, which had not been completed under Truman.{{citation |author=Miller, James A. |date=November 21, 2007 |title=An inside look at Eisenhower's civil rights record |publisher=Boston Globe |url= |url-status=dead |archiveurl= |archivedate=January 7, 2012 }}When the 1954 Congressional elections approached, it became evident that the Republicans were in danger of losing their thin majority in both houses. Eisenhower was among those who blamed the Old Guard for the losses, and he took up the charge to stop suspected efforts by the right wing to take control of the GOP. He then articulated his position as a moderate, progressive Republican: "I have just one purpose… and that is to build up a strong progressive Republican Party in this country. If the right wing wants a fight, they are going to get it… before I end up, either this Republican Party will reflect progressivism or I won't be with them anymore."{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=220}}Eisenhower initially planned on serving only one term, but he remained flexible in case leading Republicans wanted him to run again. He was recovering from a heart attack late in September 1955 when he met with his closest advisors to evaluate the GOP's potential candidates; the group concluded that a second term was well advised, and he announced that he would run again in February 1956.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=285–8}}BOOK, Jean Edward Smith, Eisenhower in War and Peace,weblink 2012, Random House, 674–83, 978-0679644293, Eisenhower was publicly noncommittal about having Nixon as the Vice President on his ticket; the question was an especially important one in light of his heart condition. He personally favored Robert B. Anderson, a Democrat who rejected his offer, so Eisenhower resolved to leave the matter in the hands of the party.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=321–5}} In 1956, Eisenhower faced Adlai Stevenson again and won by an even larger landslide, with 457 of 531 electoral votes and 57.6-percent of the popular vote. The level of campaigning was curtailed out of health considerations.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=297}}Eisenhower made full use of his valet, chauffeur, and secretarial support; he rarely drove or even dialed a phone number. He was an avid fisherman, golfer, painter, and bridge player, and preferred active rather than passive forms of entertainment.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=25}} On August 26, 1959, he was aboard the maiden flight of Air Force One, which replaced the Columbine as the presidential aircraft.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=537}}

Interstate Highway System

{{listen|filename=Cadillacsquareexcerpt.ogg|title= Remarks in Cadillac Square, Detroit|description=President Eisenhower delivered remarks about the need for a new highway program at Cadillac Square in Detroit on October 29, 1954Text of speech excerpt}}Eisenhower was assured of an enduring achievement when he championed and signed the bill that authorized the Interstate Highway System in 1956.NEWS, The cracks are showing, The Economist, June 26, 2008,weblink October 23, 2008, He justified the project through the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 as essential to American security during the Cold War. It was believed that large cities would be targets in a possible war, so the highways were designed to facilitate their evacuation and ease military maneuvers.Eisenhower's goal to create improved highways was influenced by difficulties that he encountered during his involvement in the Army's 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy. He was assigned as an observer for the mission, which involved sending a convoy of Army vehicles coast to coast.WEB, May 23, 2008,weblink The Last Week â€“ The Road to War, USS Washington (BB-56), dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 23, 2007, WEB, May 23, 2008,weblink About the Author, USS Washington (BB-56), dead,weblink" title="">weblink May 13, 2008, His subsequent experience with the German autobahn limited-access road systems during the concluding stages of World War II convinced him of the benefits of an Interstate Highway System. The system could also be used as a runway for airplanes, which would be beneficial to war efforts. Franklin D. Roosevelt put this system into place with the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1944. He thought that an interstate highway system would be beneficial for military operations and would also provide a measure of continued economic growth for the nation.WEB, August 21, 2012,weblink Interstate Highway System, Eisenhower Presidential Center, The legislation initially stalled in Congress over the issuance of bonds to finance the project, but the legislative effort was renewed and Eisenhower signed the law in June 1956.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=301, 326}}

Foreign policy

File:Indo US.jpg|thumb|Eisenhower with Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal NehruFile:U.S. President Eisenhower visited TAIWAN 美國總統艾森豪於1960å¹´6月訪問臺灣台北時與蔣中正總統-2.jpg|thumb|U.S. President Eisenhower visits the Republic of China and its President Chiang Kai-shekChiang Kai-shekFile:President Eisenhower and Nikita Khrushchev 1959.jpg|thumb|right|Soviet Premier Nikita KhrushchevNikita KhrushchevIn 1953 the Republican Party's Old Guard presented Eisenhower with a dilemma by insisting he disavow the Yalta Agreements as beyond the constitutional authority of the Executive Branch; however, the death of Joseph Stalin in March 1953 made the matter a moot point.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=66}} At this time Eisenhower gave his Chance for Peace speech in which he attempted, unsuccessfully, to forestall the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union by suggesting multiple opportunities presented by peaceful uses of nuclear materials. Biographer Stephen Ambrose opined that this was the best speech of Eisenhower's presidency.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=94}}Eisenhower, Susan, "50 years later, we're still ignoring Ike's warning", The Washington Post, January 16, 2011, p. B3.Nevertheless, the Cold War escalated during his presidency. When the Soviet Union successfully tested a hydrogen bomb in late November 1955, Eisenhower, against the advice of Dulles, decided to initiate a disarmament proposal to the Soviets. In an attempt to make their refusal more difficult, he proposed that both sides agree to dedicate fissionable material away from weapons toward peaceful uses, such as power generation. This approach was labeled "Atoms for Peace".{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=132–4, 147}}The U.N. speech was well received but the Soviets never acted upon it, due to an overarching concern for the greater stockpiles of nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal. Indeed, Eisenhower embarked upon a greater reliance on the use of nuclear weapons, while reducing conventional forces, and with them the overall defense budget, a policy formulated as a result of Project Solarium and expressed in NSC 162/2. This approach became known as the "New Look", and was initiated with defense cuts in late 1953.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=144}}In 1955 American nuclear arms policy became one aimed primarily at arms control as opposed to disarmament. The failure of negotiations over arms until 1955 was due mainly to the refusal of the Russians to permit any sort of inspections. In talks located in London that year, they expressed a willingness to discuss inspections; the tables were then turned on Eisenhower, when he responded with an unwillingness on the part of the U.S. to permit inspections. In May of that year the Russians agreed to sign a treaty giving independence to Austria, and paved the way for a Geneva summit with the U.S., U.K. and France.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=247}} At the Geneva Conference Eisenhower presented a proposal called "Open Skies" to facilitate disarmament, which included plans for Russia and the U.S. to provide mutual access to each other's skies for open surveillance of military infrastructure. Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev dismissed the proposal out of hand.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=265}}In 1954 Eisenhower articulated the domino theory in his outlook towards communism in Southeast Asia and also in Central America. He believed that if the communists were allowed to prevail in Vietnam, this would cause a succession of countries to fall to communism, from Laos through Malaysia and Indonesia ultimately to India. Likewise, the fall of Guatemala would end with the fall of neighboring Mexico.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=180, 236–7}} That year the loss of North Vietnam to the communists and the rejection of his proposed European Defence Community (EDC) were serious defeats, but he remained optimistic in his opposition to the spread of communism, saying "Long faces don't win wars".{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=211}} As he had threatened the French in their rejection of EDC, he afterwards moved to restore West Germany, as a full NATO partner.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=207}} In 1954, he also induced Congress to create an Emergency Fund for International Affairs in order to support America's use of cultural diplomacy to strengthen international relations throughout Europe during the cold war.BOOK,weblink Dance for Export: Cultural Diplomacy and the Cold War, Naima, Prevots, January 1, 2012, Wesleyan University Press, Google Books, 9780819573360, BOOK,weblink A Companion to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chester J., Pach, April 10, 2017, John Wiley & Sons, Google Books, 9780470655214, BOOK,weblink The History of United States Cultural Diplomacy: 1770 to the Present Day, Michael L., Krenn, November 2, 2017, Bloomsbury Publishing, Google Books, 9781472508782, MAGAZINE,weblink Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra: Musical Ambassadors, Soldiers Too, James I., Kenner, Lt. General Walter L., Weible, Association of the United States Army, 9, 1, August 1958, 60–62, Army,, WEB,weblink 7ASO Article – Unknown newspaper,, Uncle Sam's Orchestra: Memories of the Seventh Army Orchestra John Canaria, University of Rochester Press 1998 {{ISBN|9781580460 194}} Seventh Army Symphony onweblinkNew Music New Allies Amy C. Beal, University of California Press, Berkley, 2006, P. 49, {{ISBN|978-0-520-24755-0}} "Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra (1952–1962) - promoting American culture in Germany after WWII" onweblink Eisenhower's leadership and Dulles' direction, CIA activities increased under the pretense of resisting the spread of communism in poorer countries;{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=111}} the CIA in part deposed the leaders of Iran in Operation Ajax, of Guatemala through Operation Pbsuccess, and possibly the newly independent Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville).{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=112–3, 194}} In 1954 Eisenhower wanted to increase surveillance inside the Soviet Union. With Dulles' recommendation, he authorized the deployment of thirty Lockheed U-2's at a cost of $35 million (equivalent to ${{Inflation|US|35|1954|r=2}} million in {{Inflation-year|US}}).{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=228}} The Eisenhower administration also planned the Bay of Pigs Invasion to overthrow Fidel Castro in Cuba, which John F. Kennedy was left to carry out.Greenberg, David (January 14, 2011) weblink" title="">"Beware the military–industrial Complex", Slate

Space Race

{{Further|Space Race}}File:President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Dr. von Braun and Others.jpg|thumb|President Eisenhower with Wernher von BraunWernher von BraunEisenhower and the CIA had known since at least January 1957, nine months before Sputnik, that Russia had the capability to launch a small payload into orbit and was likely to do so within a year.John M. Logsdon, "Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program" (NASA; 1995) He may also privately have welcomed the Russian satellite for its legal implications: By launching a satellite, Russia had in effect acknowledged that space was open to anyone who could access it, without needing permission from other nations.On the whole, Eisenhower's support of the nation's fledgling space program was officially modest until the Soviet launch of Sputnik in 1957, gaining the Cold War enemy enormous prestige around the world. He then launched a national campaign that funded not just space exploration but a major strengthening of science and higher education. The Eisenhower administration determined to adopt a non-aggressive policy that would allow "space-crafts of any state to overfly all states, a region free of military posturing and launch Earth satellites to explore space".Logsdon, John M, and Lear, Linda J. Exploring the Unknown:Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program/ Washington D.C. His Open Skies Policy attempted to legitimize illegal Lockheed U-2 flyovers and Project Genetrix while paving the way for spy satellite technology to orbit over sovereign territory,W. D. Kay, Defining NASA The Historical Debate Over the Agency's Mission, 2005. however Nikolai Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev declined Eisenhower's proposal at the Geneva conference in July 1955.Parmet, Herbert S. Eisenhower and the American Crusades (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1972) In response to Sputnik being launched in October 1957, Eisenhower created NASA as a civilian space agency in October 1958, signed a landmark science education law, and improved relations with American scientists.Yankek Mieczkowski, Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige (Cornell University Press; 2013)Fear spread through the United States that the Soviet Union would invade and spread communism, so Eisenhower wanted to not only create a surveillance satellite to detect any threats but ballistic missiles that would protect the United States. In strategic terms, it was Eisenhower who devised the American basic strategy of nuclear deterrence based upon the triad of B-52 bombers, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).Peter J. Roman, Eisenhower and the Missile Gap (1996)NASA planners projected that human spaceflight would pull the United States ahead in the Space Race as well as accomplishing their long time goal; however, in 1960, an Ad Hoc Panel on Man-in-Space concluded that "man-in-space can not be justified" and was too costly.The Presidents's Science Advisory Committee, "Report of the Ad Hoc Panel on Man-in-Space" December 16, 1960. NASA Historical Collection Eisenhower later resented the space program and its gargantuan price tag—he was quoted as saying, "Anyone who would spend $40 billion in a race to the moon for national prestige is nuts."Greg Ward, "A Rough Guide History of the USA" (Penguin Group: London, 2003)

Korean War, Free China and Red China

In late 1952 Eisenhower went to Korea and discovered a military and political stalemate. Once in office, when the Chinese communists began a buildup in the Kaesong sanctuary, he threatened to use nuclear force if an armistice was not concluded. His earlier military reputation in Europe was effective with the Chinese communists.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=51}} The National Security Council, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Strategic Air Command (SAC) devised detailed plans for nuclear war against Red China.JOURNAL, Matthew, Jones, Targeting China: U.S. Nuclear Planning and 'Massive Retaliation' in East Asia, 1953–1955, Journal of Cold War Studies, 2008, 10, 4, 37–65, 10.1162/jcws.2008.10.4.37, harv, With the death of Stalin in early March 1953, Russian support for a Chinese communists hard-line weakened and Red China decided to compromise on the prisoner issue.Ambrose (1984), p. 106–7File:1951 Chung Baik Eisenhower.jpg|thumb|left|Eisenhower in Korea with General Chung Il-kwon, and Baik Seon-yupBaik Seon-yupIn July 1953, an armistice took effect with Korea divided along approximately the same boundary as in 1950. The armistice and boundary remain in effect today. The armistice, concluded despite opposition from Secretary Dulles, South Korean President Syngman Rhee, and also within Eisenhower's party, has been described by biographer Ambrose as the greatest achievement of the administration. Eisenhower had the insight to realize that unlimited war in the nuclear age was unthinkable, and limited war unwinnable.A point of emphasis in Ike's campaign had been his endorsement of a policy of liberation from communism as opposed to a policy of containment. This remained his preference despite the armistice with Korea.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=173}} Throughout his terms Eisenhower took a hard-line attitude toward Red China, as demanded by conservative Republicans, with the goal of driving a wedge between Red China and the Soviet Union.JOURNAL, Qiang Zhai, Crisis and Confrontations: Chinese-American Relations during the Eisenhower Administration, Journal of American-East Asian Relations, 2000, 9, 3/4, 221–49, 10.1163/187656100793645921, harv, Eisenhower continued Truman's policy of recognizing the Republic of China (Free China) as the legitimate government of China, not the Beijing regime. There were localized flare-ups when the People's Liberation Army began shelling the islands of Quemoy and Matsu in September 1954. Eisenhower received recommendations embracing every variation of response to the aggression of the Chinese communists. He thought it essential to have every possible option available to him as the crisis unfolded.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=231}}The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty with the Republic of China was signed in December 1954. He requested and secured from Congress their "Free China Resolution" in January 1955, which gave Eisenhower unprecedented power in advance to use military force at any level of his choosing in defense of Free China and the Pescadores. The Resolution bolstered the morale of the Chinese nationalists, and signaled to Beijing that the U.S. was committed to holding the line.Eisenhower openly threatened the Chinese communists with use of nuclear weapons, authorizing a series of bomb tests labeled Operation Teapot. Nevertheless, he left the Chinese communists guessing as to the exact nature of his nuclear response. This allowed Eisenhower to accomplish all of his objectives—the end of this communist encroachment, the retention of the Islands by the Chinese nationalists and continued peace.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=245, 246}} Defense of the Republic of China from an invasion remains a core American policy.JOURNAL, Robert, Accinelli, Eisenhower, Congress, and the 1954–55 offshore island crisis, Presidential Studies Quarterly, 1990, 20, 2, 329–48, harv, 27550618, By the end of 1954 Eisenhower's military and foreign policy experts—the NSC, JCS and State Dept.—had unanimously urged him, on no less than five occasions, to launch an atomic attack against Red China; yet he consistently refused to do so and felt a distinct sense of accomplishment in having sufficiently confronted communism while keeping world peace.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=229}}

The Middle East and Eisenhower doctrine

File:ShahEisenhower.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|Eisenhower with the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza PahlaviMohammad Reza PahlaviEven before he was inaugurated Eisenhower accepted a request from the British government to restore the Shah of Iran (Mohammad Reza Pahlavi) to power. He therefore authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to overthrow Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh.Eisenhower gave verbal approval to Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and to Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles to proceed with the coup; Ambrose, Eisenhower, Vol. 2: The President p. 111; Ambrose (1990), Eisenhower: Soldier and President, New York: Simon and Schuster, p. 333 This resulted in an increased strategic control over Iranian oil by U.S. and British companies.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=129}}In November 1956, Eisenhower forced an end to the combined British, French and Israeli invasion of Egypt in response to the Suez Crisis, receiving praise from Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. Simultaneously he condemned the brutal Soviet invasion of Hungary in response to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He publicly disavowed his allies at the United Nations, and used financial and diplomatic pressure to make them withdraw from Egypt.Kingseed, Cole (1995), Eisenhower and the Suez Crisis of 1956, ch 6 Eisenhower explicitly defended his strong position against Britain and France in his memoirs, which were published in 1965.Dwight D. Eisenhower, Waging Peace: 1956–1961 (1965) p 99After the Suez Crisis the United States became the protector of unstable friendly governments in the Middle East via the "Eisenhower Doctrine". Designed by Secretary of State Dulles, it held the U.S. would be "prepared to use armed force ... [to counter] aggression from any country controlled by international communism". Further, the United States would provide economic and military aid and, if necessary, use military force to stop the spread of communism in the Middle East.Isaac Alteras, Eisenhower and Israel: U.S.–Israeli Relations, 1953–1960 (1993), p. 296File:Eisenhower and Nixon at Dinner with King Saud.jpg|thumb|left|Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon with their host, King Saud of Saudi Arabia, at the Mayflower HotelMayflower HotelEisenhower applied the doctrine in 1957–58 by dispensing economic aid to shore up the Kingdom of Jordan, and by encouraging Syria's neighbors to consider military operations against it. More dramatically, in July 1958, he sent 15,000 Marines and soldiers to Lebanon as part of Operation Blue Bat, a non-combat peace-keeping mission to stabilize the pro-Western government and to prevent a radical revolution from sweeping over that country.JOURNAL, Little, Douglas, His finest hour? Eisenhower, Lebanon, and the 1958 Middle East Crisis, Diplomatic History, 1996, 20, 1, 27–54, 10.1111/j.1467-7709.1996.tb00251.x, harv, The mission proved a success and the Marines departed three months later. The deployment came in response to the urgent request of Lebanese president Camille Chamoun after sectarian violence had erupted in the country. Washington considered the military intervention successful since it brought about regional stability, weakened Soviet influence, and intimidated the Egyptian and Syrian governments, whose anti-West political position had hardened after the Suez Crisis.Most Arab countries were skeptical about the "Eisenhower doctrine" because they considered "Zionist imperialism" the real danger. However, they did take the opportunity to obtain free money and weapons. Egypt and Syria, supported by the Soviet Union, openly opposed the initiative. However, Egypt received American aid until the Six-Day War in 1967.JOURNAL, Hahn, Peter L., Securing the Middle East: The Eisenhower Doctrine of 1957, Presidential Studies Quarterly, 2006, 36, 1, 38–47, 10.1111/j.1741-5705.2006.00285.x, harv, As the Cold War deepened, Dulles sought to isolate the Soviet Union by building regional alliances of nations against it. Critics sometimes called it "pacto-mania".BOOK, Navari, Cornelia, 2000, Internationalism and the State in the Twentieth Century, Routledge, 316, 978-0415097475,

Southeast Asia

Early in 1953, the French asked Eisenhower for help in French Indochina against the Communists, supplied from China, who were fighting the First Indochina War. Eisenhower sent Lt. General John W. "Iron Mike" O'Daniel to Vietnam to study and assess the French forces there.Dunnigan, James and Nofi, Albert (1999), Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War. St. Martins Press, p. 85. Chief of Staff Matthew Ridgway dissuaded the President from intervening by presenting a comprehensive estimate of the massive military deployment that would be necessary. Eisenhower stated prophetically that "this war would absorb our troops by divisions."{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=175}}Eisenhower did provide France with bombers and non-combat personnel. After a few months with no success by the French, he added other aircraft to drop napalm for clearing purposes. Further requests for assistance from the French were agreed to but only on conditions Eisenhower knew were impossible to meet â€“ allied participation and congressional approval.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=175–7}} When the French fortress of Dien Bien Phu fell to the Vietnamese Communists in May 1954, Eisenhower refused to intervene despite urgings from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Vice President and the head of NCS.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=185}}Eisenhower responded to the French defeat with the formation of the SEATO (Southeast Asia Treaty Organization) Alliance with the U.K., France, New Zealand and Australia in defense of Vietnam against communism. At that time the French and Chinese reconvened Geneva peace talks; Eisenhower agreed the U.S. would participate only as an observer. After France and the Communists agreed to a partition of Vietnam, Eisenhower rejected the agreement, offering military and economic aid to southern Vietnam.Dunnigan, James and Nofi, Albert (1999), Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War, p. 257 Ambrose argues that Eisenhower, by not participating in the Geneva agreement, had kept the U.S. out of Vietnam; nevertheless, with the formation of SEATO, he had in the end put the U.S. back into the conflict.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=204–9}}In late 1954, Gen. J. Lawton Collins was made ambassador to "Free Vietnam" (the term South Vietnam came into use in 1955), effectively elevating the country to sovereign status. Collins' instructions were to support the leader Ngo Dinh Diem in subverting communism, by helping him to build an army and wage a military campaign.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=215}} In February 1955, Eisenhower dispatched the first American soldiers to Vietnam as military advisors to Diem's army. After Diem announced the formation of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN, commonly known as South Vietnam) in October, Eisenhower immediately recognized the new state and offered military, economic, and technical assistance.BOOK, David L. Anderson, Trapped by Success: The Eisenhower Administration and Vietnam, 1953–1961,weblink 1991, Columbia U.P., 978-0231515337, In the years that followed, Eisenhower increased the number of U.S. military advisors in South Vietnam to 900 men.WEB,weblink Vietnam War, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, harv, dead,weblink" title="">weblink August 3, 2016, This was due to North Vietnam's support of "uprisings" in the south and concern the nation would fall. In May 1957 Diem, then President of South Vietnam, made a state visit to the United States for ten days. President Eisenhower pledged his continued support, and a parade was held in Diem's honor in New York City. Although Diem was publicly praised, in private Secretary of State John Foster Dulles conceded that Diem had been selected because there were no better alternatives.Karnow, Stanley. (1991), Vietnam, A History, p. 230After the election of November 1960, Eisenhower in briefing with John F. Kennedy pointed out the communist threat in Southeast Asia as requiring prioritization in the next administration. Eisenhower told Kennedy he considered Laos "the cork in the bottle" with regard to the regional threat.Reeves, Richard (1993), President Kennedy: Profile of Power, p. 75

1960 U-2 incident

File:US Air Force U-2 (2139646280).jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|A U-2 reconnaissance aircraft in flight]]On May 1, 1960, a U.S. one-man U-2 spy plane was reportedly shot down at high altitude over Soviet Union airspace. The flight was made to gain photo intelligence before the scheduled opening of an East-West summit conference, which had been scheduled in Paris, 15 days later.BOOK, The U-2 Spyplane; Toward the Unknown, Pocock, Chris, 2000, Schiffer Military History, 978-0764311130, Captain Francis Gary Powers had bailed out of his aircraft and was captured after parachuting down onto Russian soil. Four days after Powers disappeared, the Eisenhower Administration had NASA issue a very detailed press release noting that an aircraft had "gone missing" north of Turkey. It speculated that the pilot might have fallen unconscious while the autopilot was still engaged, and falsely claimed that "the pilot reported over the emergency frequency that he was experiencing oxygen difficulties."WEB, Orlov, Alexander,weblink The U-2 Program: A Russian Officer Remembers, April 29, 2013,weblink" title="">weblink July 13, 2006, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev announced that a "spy-plane" had been shot down but intentionally made no reference to the pilot. As a result, the Eisenhower Administration, thinking the pilot had died in the crash, authorized the release of a cover story claiming that the plane was a "weather research aircraft" which had unintentionally strayed into Soviet airspace after the pilot had radioed "difficulties with his oxygen equipment" while flying over Turkey.BOOK, History of the Cold War: From the Korean War to the present, André, Fontaine, translator R. Bruce, Pantheon Books, 1968, 338, History of the Cold War, 2, The Soviets put Captain Powers on trial and displayed parts of the U-2, which had been recovered almost fully intact.Bogle, Lori Lynn, ed. (2001), The Cold War, Routledge, p. 104. 978-0815337218The Four Power Paris Summit in May 1960 with Eisenhower, Nikita Khrushchev, Harold Macmillan and Charles de Gaulle collapsed because of the incident. Eisenhower refused to accede to Khrushchev's demands that he apologize. Therefore, Khrushchev would not take part in the summit. Up until this event, Eisenhower felt he had been making progress towards better relations with the Soviet Union. Nuclear arms reduction and Berlin were to have been discussed at the summit. Eisenhower stated it had all been ruined because of that "stupid U-2 business".The affair was an embarrassment for United States prestige. Further, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a lengthy inquiry into the U-2 incident. In Russia, Captain Powers made a forced confession and apology. On August 19, 1960, Powers was convicted of espionage and sentenced to imprisonment. On February 10, 1962, Powers was exchanged for Rudolf Abel in Berlin and returned to the U.S.

Civil rights

While President Truman had begun the process of desegregating the Armed Forces in 1948, actual implementation had been slow. Eisenhower made clear his stance in his first State of the Union address in February 1953, saying "I propose to use whatever authority exists in the office of the President to end segregation in the District of Columbia, including the Federal Government, and any segregation in the Armed Forces".State of the Union Address, February 2, 1953, Public Papers, 1953 pp. 30–1. When he encountered opposition from the services, he used government control of military spending to force the change through, stating "Wherever Federal Funds are expended ..., I do not see how any American can justify ... a discrimination in the expenditure of those funds".WEB,weblink Eisenhower Press Conference, March 19, 1953, The American Presidency Project, October 17, 2012, When Robert B. Anderson, Eisenhower's first Secretary of the Navy, argued that the U.S. Navy must recognize the "customs and usages prevailing in certain geographic areas of our country which the Navy had no part in creating," Eisenhower overruled him: "We have not taken and we shall not take a single backward step. There must be no second class citizens in this country."Byrnes to DDE, August 27, 1953, Eisenhower Library"The administration declared racial discrimination a national security issue, as Communists around the world used the racial discrimination and history of violence in the U.S. as a point of propaganda attack.Dudziak, Mary L. (2002), Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American DemocracyEisenhower told District of Columbia officials to make Washington a model for the rest of the country in integrating black and white public school children.{{harvnb|Eisenhower|1963|p=230}}{{harvnb|Parmet|1972|pp=438–9}} He proposed to Congress the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and of 1960 and signed those acts into law. The 1957 act for the first time established a permanent civil rights office inside the Justice Department and a Civil Rights Commission to hear testimony about abuses of voting rights. Although both acts were much weaker than subsequent civil rights legislation, they constituted the first significant civil rights acts since 1875.JOURNAL, Michael S., Mayer, The Eisenhower Administration and the Civil Rights Act of 1957, Congress & the Presidency, 1989, 16, 2, 137–54, 10.1080/07343468909507929, harv, In 1957 the state of Arkansas refused to honor a federal court order to integrate their public school system stemming from the Brown decision. Eisenhower demanded that Arkansas governor Orval Faubus obey the court order. When Faubus balked, the president placed the Arkansas National Guard under federal control and sent in the 101st Airborne Division. They escorted and protected nine black students' entry to Little Rock Central High School, an all-white public school, for the first time since the Reconstruction Era.BOOK, David, Nichol, A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution, 2007, New York, Simon & Schuster, 978-1416541509,weblink Martin Luther King Jr. wrote to Eisenhower to thank him for his actions, writing "The overwhelming majority of southerners, Negro and white, stand firmly behind your resolute action to restore law and order in Little Rock".to DDE, September 25, 1957, Eisenhower LibraryEisenhower's administration contributed to the McCarthyist Lavender ScareWEB, An interview with David K. Johnson author of The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government,weblink, The University of Chicago, 2004, with President Eisenhower issuing his Executive Order 10450 in 1953.WEB, Adkins, Judith, 'These People Are Frightened to Death' Congressional Investigations and the Lavender Scare,weblink, The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Most significantly, the 1950 congressional investigations and the Hoey committee's final report helped institutionalize discrimination by laying the groundwork for President Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1953 Executive Order #10450, 'Security Requirements for Government Employment.' That order explicitly added sexuality to the criteria used to determine suitability for federal employment., During Eisenhower's presidency thousands of lesbian and gay applicants were barred from federal employment and over 5,000 federal employees were fired under suspicions of being homosexual.BOOK, Sears, Brad, Hunter, Nan D., Mallory, Christy, Documenting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in State Employment, September 2009, The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, 5–3,weblink From 1947 to 1961, more than 5,000 allegedly homosexual federal civil servants lost their jobs in the purges for no reason other than sexual orientation, and thousands of applicants were also rejected for federal employment for the same reason. During this period, more than 1,000 men and women were fired for suspected homosexuality from the State Department alone—a far greater number than were dismissed for their membership in the Communist party., WEB, Adkins, Judith, 'These People Are Frightened to Death' Congressional Investigations and the Lavender Scare,weblink, The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Historians estimate that somewhere between 5,000 and tens of thousands of gay workers lost their jobs during the Lavender Scare., From 1947 to 1961 the number of firings based on sexual orientation were far greater than those for membership in the Communist party, and government officials intentionally campaigned to make "homosexual" synonymous with "Communist traitor" such that LGBT people were treated as a national security threat stemming from the belief they were susceptible to blackmail and exploitation.BOOK, Sears, Brad, Hunter, Nan D., Mallory, Christy, Documenting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in State Employment, September 2009, The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, 5–3,weblink Johnson has demonstrated that during this era government officials intentionally engaged in campaigns to associate homosexuality with Communism: 'homosexual' and 'pervert' became synonyms for 'Communist' and 'traitor.',

Relations with Congress

Eisenhower had a Republican Congress for only his first two years in office; in the Senate, the Republican majority was by a one-vote margin. Senator Robert A. Taft assisted the President greatly in working with the Old Guard, and was sorely missed when his death (in July 1953) left Eisenhower with his successor William Knowland, whom Eisenhower disliked.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=118}}This prevented Eisenhower from openly condemning Joseph McCarthy's highly criticized methods against communism. To facilitate relations with Congress, Eisenhower decided to ignore McCarthy's controversies and thereby deprive them of more energy from involvement of the White House. This position drew criticism from a number of corners.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=56–62}} In late 1953, McCarthy declared on national television that the employment of communists within the government was a menace and would be a pivotal issue in the 1954 Senate elections. Eisenhower was urged to respond directly and specify the various measures he had taken to purge the government of communists.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=140}}Among Eisenhower's objectives in not directly confronting McCarthy was to prevent McCarthy from dragging the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) into McCarthy's witch hunt for communists, which would interfere with, and perhaps delay, the AEC's important work on H-bombs. The administration had discovered through its own investigations that one of the leading scientists on the AEC, J. Robert Oppenheimer, had urged that the H-bomb work be delayed. Eisenhower removed him from the agency and revoked his security clearance, though he knew this would create fertile ground for McCarthy.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=167}}In May 1955, McCarthy threatened to issue subpoenas to White House personnel. Eisenhower was furious, and issued an order as follows: "It is essential to efficient and effective administration that employees of the Executive Branch be in a position to be completely candid in advising with each other on official matters ... it is not in the public interest that any of their conversations or communications, or any documents or reproductions, concerning such advice be disclosed." This was an unprecedented step by Eisenhower to protect communication beyond the confines of a cabinet meeting, and soon became a tradition known as executive privilege. Ike's denial of McCarthy's access to his staff reduced McCarthy's hearings to rants about trivial matters, and contributed to his ultimate downfall.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|pp=188–9}}In early 1954, the Old Guard put forward a constitutional amendment, called the Bricker Amendment, which would curtail international agreements by the Chief Executive, such as the Yalta Agreements. Eisenhower opposed the measure.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=154}} The Old Guard agreed with Eisenhower on the development and ownership of nuclear reactors by private enterprises, which the Democrats opposed. The President succeeded in getting legislation creating a system of licensure for nuclear plants by the AEC.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=157}}The Democrats gained a majority in both houses in the 1954 election.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=219}} Eisenhower had to work with the Democratic Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson (later U.S. president) in the Senate and Speaker Sam Rayburn in the House, both from Texas. Joe Martin, the Republican Speaker from 1947 to 1949 and again from 1953 to 1955, wrote that Eisenhower "never surrounded himself with assistants who could solve political problems with professional skill. There were exceptions, Leonard W. Hall, for example, who as chairman of the Republican National Committee tried to open the administration's eyes to the political facts of life, with occasional success. However, these exceptions were not enough to right the balance."Joseph W. Martin as told to Donavan, Robert J. (1960), My First Fifty Years in Politics, New York: McGraw Hill, p. 227Speaker Martin concluded that Eisenhower worked too much through subordinates in dealing with Congress, with results, "often the reverse of what he has desired" because Members of Congress, "resent having some young fellow who was picked up by the White House without ever having been elected to office himself coming around and telling them 'The Chief wants this'. The administration never made use of many Republicans of consequence whose services in one form or another would have been available for the asking."

Judicial appointments

Supreme Court

Eisenhower appointed the following Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States: Whittaker was unsuited for the role and soon retired. Stewart and Harlan were conservative Republicans, while Brennan was a Democrat who became a leading voice for liberalism.Newton, Eisenhower (2011) pp. 356–7 In selecting a Chief Justice, Eisenhower looked for an experienced jurist who could appeal to liberals in the party as well as law-and-order conservatives, noting privately that Warren "represents the kind of political, economic, and social thinking that I believe we need on the Supreme Court ... He has a national name for integrity, uprightness, and courage that, again, I believe we need on the Court".WEB,weblink Personal and confidential To Milton Stover Eisenhower, 9 October 1953. In The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, ed. L. Galambos and D. van Ee, (1996) doc. 460,, January 26, 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink January 18, 2012, In the next few years Warren led the Court in a series of liberal decisions that revolutionized the role of the Court.

States admitted to the Union

  • Alaska â€“ January 3, 1959 49th state
  • Hawaii â€“ August 21, 1959 50th state

Health issues

Eisenhower began chain smoking cigarettes at West Point, often three or four packs a day. He joked that he "gave [himself] an order" to stop cold turkey in 1949. But Evan Thomas says the true story was more complex. At first he removed cigarettes and ashtrays, but that did not work. He told a friend:
I decided to make a game of the whole business and try to achieve a feeling of some superiority ... So I stuffed cigarettes in every pocket, put them around my office on the desk ... [and] made it a practice to offer a cigarette to anyone who came in ... while mentally reminding myself as I sat down, "I do not have to do what that poor fellow is doing."BOOK, Evan Thomas, Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World,weblink 2012, Little, Brown, 978-0316217279,
He was the first president to release information about his health and medical records while in office, but people around him deliberately misled the public about his health. On September 24, 1955, while vacationing in Colorado, he had a serious heart attack.Newton, Eisenhower pp 196–199. Dr. Howard Snyder, his personal physician, misdiagnosed the symptoms as indigestion, and failed to call in the help that was urgently needed. Snyder later falsified his own records to cover his blunder and to protect Eisenhower's need to portray he was healthy enough to do his job.Clarence G. Lasby, Eisenhower's Heart Attack: How Ike Beat Heart Disease and Held on to the Presidency (1997) pp. 57–113.Robert P. Hudson, "Eisenhower's Heart Attack: How Ike Beat Heart Disease and Held on to the Presidency (review)" Bulletin of the History of Medicine 72#1 (1998) pp. 161–162 online.R.H. Ferrell, 'Ill-Advised: Presidential Health & Public Trust'' (1992), pp. 53–150The heart attack required six weeks' hospitalization, during which time Nixon, Dulles, and Sherman Adams assumed administrative duties and provided communication with the President.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=272}} He was treated by Dr. Paul Dudley White, a cardiologist with a national reputation, who regularly informed the press of the President's progress. Instead of eliminating him as a candidate for a second term as President, his physician recommended a second term as essential to his recovery.{{harvnb|Ambrose|1984|p=281}}As a consequence of his heart attack, Eisenhower developed a left ventricular aneurysm, which was in turn the cause of a mild stroke on November 25, 1957. This incident occurred during a cabinet meeting when Eisenhower suddenly found himself unable to speak or move his right hand. The stroke had caused aphasia. The president also suffered from Crohn's disease,NEWS, Butler Criticizes Illness Reports: Says News Has Been Handled in Terms of Propaganda—Hagerty Denies It, Richard J. H., Johnston, The New York Times, June 13, 1956, 32A,weblink Paul M. Butler, the Democratic National Chairman, ... declared that the physicians who operated on and attended the President in his most recent illness 'have done a terrific job of trying to convince the American people that a man who has had a heart attack and then was afflicted with Crohn's disease is a better man physically.' He added: 'Whether the American people will buy that, I don't know.', chronic inflammatory condition of the intestine,NEWS, President's Heart Reported Sound; Surgery Is Indicated: Inflamed, Obstructed, Intestine Is Blamed, Clark, Robert E, Atlanta Daily World, June 9, 1956, 1,weblink which necessitated surgery for a bowel obstruction on June 9, 1956.NEWS, President Undergoes Surgery on Intestine Block at 2:59 A.M.: Doctors Pronounce It Success : Condition Is Good: Operation Lasts Hour and 53 Minutes–13 Attend Him, Anthony, Leviero, The New York Times, June 9, 1956, 1,weblink President Eisenhower was operated on at 2:59 A.M. today for relief of an intestinal obstruction. At 4:55 A.M., the operation was pronounced a success by the surgeons. ... The President's condition was diagnosed as ileitis. This is an inflamation of the ileum—the lowest portion of the small intestine, where it joins the large intestine. ... The President first felt ill shortly after midnight yesterday. He had attended a dinner of the White House News Photographers Association Thursday night and had returned to the White House at 11. Mrs. Eisenhower called Maj. Gen. Howard McC. Snyder, the President's personal physician, at 12:45 A.M. yesterday, telling him the President had some discomfort in his stomach. He recommended a slight dose of milk of magnesia. At 1:20 Mrs. Eisenhower called again, saying the President was still complaining of not feeling well. This time she asked Dr. Snyder to come to the White House from his home about a mile away on Connecticut Avenue. He arrived at 2 A.M. and has not left the President's side since., To treat the intestinal block, surgeons bypassed about ten inches of his small intestine.NEWS, Eisenhower Out Of Danger; Will Be Able To Resume Duties And Seek Reelection: Doctors See Prospect of Full Return to Job in Four to Six Weeks: Operation Performed to Prevent Gangrene of Bowel: Signing of Official Papers Viewed as Likely by Tomorrow or Tuesday, Knighton, Jr., William, The Baltimore Sun, June 10, 1956, 1,weblink His scheduled meeting with Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was postponed so he could recover at his farm.NEWS, Out of Hospital Visit Postponed, The New York Times, July 1, 1956, E2,weblink He was still recovering from this operation during the Suez Crisis. Eisenhower's health issues forced him to give up smoking and make some changes to his dietary habits, but he still indulged in alcohol. During a visit to England he complained of dizziness and had to have his blood pressure checked on August 29, 1959; however, before dinner at Chequers on the next day his doctor General Howard Snyder recalled Eisenhower "drank several gin-and-tonics, and one or two gins on the rocks ... three or four wines with the dinner".Williams, Charles Harold Macmillan (2009) p. 345The last three years of Eisenhower's second term in office were ones of relatively good health. Eventually after leaving the White House, he suffered several additional and ultimately crippling heart attacks.WEB,weblink President Dwight Eisenhower: Health & Medical History,, January 22, 2013, A severe heart attack in August 1965 largely ended his participation in public affairs.WEB,weblink Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum,, December 10, 2011, In August 1966 he began to show symptoms of cholecystitis, for which he underwent surgery on December 12, 1966, when his gallbladder was removed, containing 16 gallstones. After Eisenhower's death in 1969 (see below), an autopsy unexpectedly revealed an adrenal pheochromocytoma,Messerli F. H., Loughlin K. R., Messerli A. W., Welch W. R.: The President and the pheochromocytoma. Am J Cardiol 2007; 99: 1325–1329. a benign adrenaline-secreting tumor that may have made the President more vulnerable to heart disease. Eisenhower suffered seven heart attacks from 1955 until his death.

End of presidency

File:Dwight D. Eisenhower, official Presidential portrait.jpg|thumb|The official White House portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower by James Anthony WillsJames Anthony WillsThe 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1951, and it set term limits to the presidency of two terms. Truman as the incumbent was not covered. Eisenhower became the first U.S. president constitutionally prevented from running for re-election to a third term.Eisenhower was also the first outgoing President to come under the protection of the Former Presidents Act; two living former Presidents, Herbert Hoover and Harry S. Truman, left office before the Act was passed. Under the act, Eisenhower was entitled to receive a lifetime pension, state-provided staff and a Secret Service detail.WEB, May 23, 2008,weblink Former Presidents Act, National Archives and Records Administration, In the 1960 election to choose his successor, Eisenhower endorsed Nixon over Democrat John F. Kennedy. He told friends, "I will do almost anything to avoid turning my chair and country over to Kennedy." He actively campaigned for Nixon in the final days, although he may have done Nixon some harm. When asked by reporters at the end of a televised press conference to list one of Nixon's policy ideas he had adopted, Eisenhower joked, "If you give me a week, I might think of one. I don't remember." Kennedy's campaign used the quote in one of its campaign commercials. Nixon narrowly lost to Kennedy. Eisenhower, who was the oldest president in history at that time (then 70), was succeeded by the youngest elected president, as Kennedy was 43.It was originally intended for President Eisenhower to have a more active role in the campaign as he wanted to respond to attacks Kennedy made on his administration. However, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower expressed concern to Second Lady Pat Nixon about the strain campaigning would put on his heart and wanted the President to back out of it without letting him know of her intervention. Vice President Nixon himself also received concern from White House physician Major General Howard Snyder, who informed him that he could not approve a heavy campaign schedule for the President and his health had been exacerbated by Kennedy's attacks. Nixon then convinced Eisenhower not to go ahead with the expanded campaign schedule and limit himself to the original schedule. Nixon reflected that if Eisenhower had carried out his expanded campaign schedule he might have had a decisive impact on the outcome of the election, especially in states that Kennedy won with razor-thin margins. It was years later before Mamie told Dwight why Nixon changed his mind on Dwight's campaigning.Nixon, Richard, The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, 1978, pp. 222–3.(File:Eisenhower farewell address.ogg|right|thumb|Eisenhower's farewell address, January 17, 1961. Length 15:30.)On January 17, 1961, Eisenhower gave his final televised Address to the Nation from the Oval Office.WEB, May 23, 2008,weblink Dwight D. Eisenhower Farewell Address, USA Presidents, dead,weblink" title="">weblink May 13, 2008, In his farewell speech, Eisenhower raised the issue of the Cold War and role of the U.S. armed forces. He described the Cold War: "We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose and insidious in method ..." and warned about what he saw as unjustified government spending proposals and continued with a warning that "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex."He elaborated, "we recognize the imperative need for this development ... the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist ... Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."Because of legal issues related to holding a military rank while in a civilian office, Eisenhower had resigned his permanent commission as General of the Army before entering the office of President of the United States. Upon completion of his Presidential term, his commission was reactivated by Congress and Eisenhower again was commissioned a five-star general in the United States Army.Post Presidential Years. Eisenhower Archives. "President Kennedy reactivated his commission as a five star general in the United States Army. With the exception of George Washington, Eisenhower is the only United States President with military service to reenter the Armed Forces after leaving the office of President."WEB, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, A Chronology from The New York Times, March 1961,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, May 3, 2006, March 23, 1961, May 30, 2009, Mr. Kennedy signed into law the act of Congress restoring the five-star rank of General of the Army to his predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower. (15:5),

Post-presidency, death and funeral

File:Dwight Eisenhower at 1964 RNC (cropped1).jpg|thumb|Eisenhower speaks to the press at the 1964 Republican National Convention1964 Republican National ConventionFile:LBJ and Eisenhower.jpg|thumb|President Lyndon Johnson with Eisenhower aboard Air Force OneAir Force One(File:Funeral services for Dwight D. Eisenhower, March 1969.jpg|thumb|Eisenhower's funeral service)(File:DDEisenhowerGrave3.jpg|thumb|Graves of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Doud Dwight "Icky" Eisenhower and Mamie Eisenhower in Abilene, Kansas)Following the presidency, Eisenhower moved to the place where he and Mamie had spent much of their post-war time. The home was a working farm adjacent to the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 70 miles from his ancestral home in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.NEWS,weblink Tiny Pennsylvania Town An Escape From Modernity, Sun-Sentinel, August 8, 1985, Mary, Klaus, January 4, 2016, From this farm the family migrated to Kansas in the summer of 1878., WEB,weblink Eisenhower Family Civil War Veterans, Norman, Gasbarro, November 29, 2010, January 4, 2016, a stately old home, identified as the ancestral home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, They also maintained a retirement home in Palm Desert, California.BOOK, Historical Society of Palm Desert, Palm Desert, 2009, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC, 978-0738559643, 103, Rover, Hal, Kousken, Kim, Romer, Brett, In 1967 the Eisenhowers donated the Gettysburg farm to the National Park Service.After leaving office, Eisenhower did not completely retreat from political life. He flew to San Antonio, where he had been stationed years earlier, to support John W. Goode, the unsuccessful Republican candidate against the Democrat Henry B. Gonzalez for Texas' 20th congressional district seat.WEB,weblink Eisenhower, Dwight D.: visit to San Antonio in behalf of John Goode and Henry Catto, Jr.; downtown San Antonio, University of Texas Library, October 29, 1961, May 17, 2016, He addressed the 1964 Republican National Convention, in San Francisco, and appeared with party nominee Barry Goldwater in a campaign commercial from his Gettysburg retreat.WEB, January 20, 2011,weblink Ike at Gettysburg (Goldwater, 1964), 1964: Johnson vs. Goldwater, Museum of the Moving Image, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 19, 2013, That endorsement came somewhat reluctantly because Goldwater had in the late 1950s criticized Eisenhower's administration as "a dime-store New Deal".NEWS,weblink Newsday, When an ex-president helped an 'extreme' Republican candidate, May 11, 2016, December 9, 2016, William, Goldschlag, On January 20, 1969, the day Nixon was inaugurated as President, Eisenhower issued a statement praising his former vice president and calling it a "day for rejoicing".NEWS,weblink Inauguration Is a Day For Rejoicing: Ike, Chicago Tribune, January 21, 1969, {{anchor|Death}}On the morning of March 28, 1969, Eisenhower died in Washington, D.C., of congestive heart failure at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; he was 78 years old. The following day, his body was moved to the Washington National Cathedral's Bethlehem Chapel, where he lay in repose for 28 hours.WEB, Dwight D. Eisenhower – Final Post,weblink Presidential Libraries System, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., May 19, 2019, He was then transported to the United States Capitol, where he lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda March 30–31.WEB, Lying in State or in Honor,weblink Architect of the Capitol, Washington, D.C., May 19, 2019, A state funeral service was conducted at the Washington National Cathedral on March 31. The president and First Lady, Richard and Pat Nixon, attended, as did former president Lyndon Johnson. Also among the 2,000 invited guests were several Heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle of France and the Shah of Iran. The service included the singing of Faure's The Palms, and the playing of Onward, Christian Soldiers.NEWS, For A Modest Man: A Simple Funeral Honors Ike,weblink The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, California, United Press International, UPI, April 1, 1969, 42, 205, California Digital Newspaper Collection, Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research at the University of California Riverside, May 19, 2019, That evening, Eisenhower's body was placed onto a special funeral train for its journey from the nation's capital through seven states to his hometown of Abilene, Kansas. First incorporated into President Abraham Lincoln's funeral in 1865, a funeral train would not be part of a U.S. state funeral again until 2018.WEB, Weissert, Will, Phillip, David J., The Associated Press,weblink Bushes depart on first presidential funeral train since 1969, December 6, 2018,, Sightline Media Group, Tysons, Virginia, May 19, 2019, Eisenhower is buried inside the Place of Meditation, the chapel on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Center in Abeline. As requested, he was buried in a Government Issue casket, and wearing his World War II uniform, decorated with: Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit. Buried alongside Eisenhower are his son Doud, who died at age 3 in 1921, and wife Mamie, who died in 1979.President Richard Nixon eulogized Eisenhower in 1969, saying:}}

Legacy and memory

Eisenhower's reputation declined in the immediate years after he left office. During his presidency, he was widely seen by critics as an inactive, uninspiring, golf-playing president. This was in stark contrast to his vigorous young successor, John F. Kennedy, who was 26 years his junior. Despite his unprecedented use of Army troops to enforce a federal desegregation order at Central High School in Little Rock, Eisenhower was criticized for his reluctance to support the civil rights movement to the degree that activists wanted. Eisenhower also attracted criticism for his handling of the 1960 U-2 incident and the associated international embarrassment,BOOK, How We Got Here: The '70s, Frum, David, David Frum, 2000, Basic Books, New York, 0465041957, 27,weblink NEWS, Presidential Lies and Deceptions, Walsh, Kenneth T., June 6, 2008, US News and World Report,weblink dead,weblink" title="">weblink September 29, 2008, for the Soviet Union's perceived leadership in the nuclear arms race and the Space Race, and for his failure to publicly oppose McCarthyism.In particular, Eisenhower was criticized for failing to defend George Marshall from attacks by Joseph McCarthy, though he privately deplored McCarthy's tactics and claims.WEB, May 23, 2008,weblink Presidential Politics, Public Broadcasting Service, Historian John Lewis Gaddis has summarized a more recent turnaround in evaluations by historians:Historians long ago abandoned the view that Eisenhower's was a failed presidency. He did, after all, end the Korean War without getting into any others. He stabilized, and did not escalate, the Soviet–American rivalry. He strengthened European alliances while withdrawing support from European colonialism. He rescued the Republican Party from isolationism and McCarthyism. He maintained prosperity, balanced the budget, promoted technological innovation, facilitated (if reluctantly) the civil rights movement and warned, in the most memorable farewell address since Washington's, of a "military–industrial complex" that could endanger the nation's liberties. Not until Reagan would another president leave office with so strong a sense of having accomplished what he set out to do.John Lewis Gaddis, "He Made It Look Easy: 'Eisenhower in War and Peace', by Jean Edward Smith", New York Times Book Review, April 20, 2012.File:72-901-1 HR7786 Veterans Day June 1 1954.jpg|thumb|upright=1.1|Eisenhower signs the legislation that changes Armistice Day to Veterans Day, June 1, 1954]]File:Meeting with President Eisenhower. President Kennedy, President Eisenhower, military aides. Camp David, MD. - NARA - 194198.jpg|thumb|upright=1.1|President John F. Kennedy meets with Eisenhower at Camp David, April 22, 1961, three days after the failed Bay of Pigs InvasionBay of Pigs InvasionAlthough conservatism in politics was strong during the 1950s, and Eisenhower generally espoused conservative sentiments, his administration concerned itself mostly with foreign affairs (an area in which the career-military president had more knowledge) and pursued a hands-off domestic policy. Eisenhower looked to moderation and cooperation as a means of governance.JOURNAL, 1863309, Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Corporate Commonwealth, Robert, Griffith, January 1, 1982, The American Historical Review, 87, 1, 87–122, 10.2307/1863309, Although he sought to slow or contain the New Deal and other federal programs, he did not attempt to repeal them outright. In doing so, Eisenhower was popular among the liberal wing of the Republican Party. Conservative critics of his administration thought that he did not do enough to advance the goals of the right; according to Hans Morgenthau, "Eisenhower's victories were but accidents without consequence in the history of the Republican party."Morgenthau, Hans J.: "Goldwater â€“ The Romantic Regression", in Commentary, September 1964.Since the 19th century, many if not all presidents were assisted by a central figure or "gatekeeper", sometimes described as the president's private secretary, sometimes with no official title at all.BOOK, Medved, Michael, The Shadow Presidents: The Secret History of the Chief Executives and Their Top Aides, 1979, Times Books, New York, 0812908163,weblink Eisenhower formalized this role, introducing the office of White House Chief of Staff â€“ an idea he borrowed from the United States Army. Every president after Lyndon Johnson has also appointed staff to this position. Initially, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter tried to operate without a chief of staff, but each eventually appointed one.As president, Eisenhower also initiated the "up or out" policy that still prevails in the U.S. military. Officers who are passed over for promotion twice, are then usually honorably but quickly discharged, in order to make way for younger, and more able officers. (As an army officer, Eisenhower had been stuck at the rank of major for 16 years in the interwar period.)On December 20, 1944, Eisenhower was appointed to the rank of General of the Army, placing him in the company of George Marshall, Henry "Hap" Arnold, and Douglas MacArthur, the only four men to achieve the rank in World War II. Along with Omar Bradley, they were the only five men to achieve the rank since the August 5, 1888 death of Philip Sheridan, and the only five men to hold the rank of five-star general. The rank was created by an Act of Congress on a temporary basis, when Public Law s:Public Law 78-482|78-482]] was passed on December 14, 1944,WEB
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, The retirement provisions were also applied to the World War II Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Commandant of the Coast Guard, both of whom held four-star rank.WEB, Public Law 79-333,weblink, Legis Works, October 19, 2015, It was created to give the most senior American commanders parity of rank with their British counterparts holding the ranks of field marshal and admiral of the fleet. This second General of the Army rank is not the same as the post-Civil War era version because of its purpose and five stars.{{multiple image| align = left| direction = horizontal| header_align = center| footer = Frank Gasparro's obverse design (left) and reverse design (right) of the Presidential Medal of Appreciation award during Eisenhower's official visit to the State of Hawaii from June 20–25, 1960thumb200x200| width1 = 120thumb center|200x200| width2 = 120}}Eisenhower founded People to People International in 1956, based on his belief that citizen interaction would promote cultural interaction and world peace. The program includes a student ambassador component, which sends American youth on educational trips to other countries.WEB, Our Heritage,weblink People to People International, September 29, 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 1, 2009, During his second term as president, Eisenhower distinctively preserved his presidential gratitude by awarding individuals a special memento. This memento was a series of specially designed U.S. Mint presidential appreciation medals. Eisenhower presented the medal as an expression of his appreciation and the medal is a keepsake reminder for the recipient.BOOK, Gomez, Darryl, Authoritative Numismatic Reference: Presidential Medal of Appreciation Award Medals 1958–1963, 2015, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, North Charleston, South Carolina, 978-1511786744, The development of the appreciation medals was initiated by the White House and executed by the United States Mint, through the Philadelphia Mint. The medals were struck from September 1958 through October 1960. A total of twenty designs are cataloged with a total mintage of 9,858. Each of the designs incorporates the text "with appreciation" or "with personal and official gratitude" accompanied with Eisenhower's initials "D.D.E." or facsimile signature. The design also incorporates location, date, and/or significant event. Prior to the end of his second term as President, 1,451 medals were turned in to the Bureau of the Mint and destroyed. The Eisenhower appreciation medals are part of the Presidential Medal of Appreciation Award Medal Series.

Tributes and memorials

File:Eisenhower Interstate System IMG 4192.JPG|upright=1.15|thumb|Eisenhower Interstate System sign south of San AntonioSan AntonioFile:Eisenhower bronze.jpg|thumb|upright|Bronze statue of Eisenhower in the Capitol rotundaWEB,weblink Dwight D. Eisenhower, November 29, 2008,, Architect of the Capitol, ]]The Interstate Highway System is officially known as the "Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways" in his honor. It was inspired in part by Eisenhower's own Army experiences in World War II, where he recognized the advantages of the autobahn system in Germany. Commemorative signs reading "Eisenhower Interstate System" and bearing Eisenhower's permanent 5-star rank insignia were introduced in 1993 and now are displayed throughout the Interstate System. Several highways are also named for him, including the Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290) near Chicago. the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70 west of Denver, and Interstate 80 in California.WEB, Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway,weblink Federal Highway Administration, August 22, 2016, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy is a senior war college of the Department of Defense's National Defense University in Washington, DC. Eisenhower graduated from this school when it was previously known as the Army Industrial College. The school's building on Fort Lesley J. McNair, when it was known as the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, was dedicated as Eisenhower Hall in 1960.Eisenhower was honored on a US one dollar coin, minted from 1971 to 1978. His centenary was honored on a commemorative dollar coin issued in 1990.In 1969 four major record companies â€“ ABC Records, MGM Records, Buddha Records and Caedmon Audio â€“ released tribute albums in Eisenhower's honor.NEWS,weblink Record Companies Run With Eisenhower Tribute Albums, Billboard,, April 12, 1969, December 2, 2015, In 1999 the United States Congress created the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, to create an enduring national memorial in Washington, D.C.. In 2009 the commission chose the architect Frank Gehry to design the memorial.NEWS, Frank Gehry to design Eisenhower Memorial,weblink The Business Journals, American City Business Journals, April 1, 2009, April 3, 2009, New, Mexico, NEWS
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Awards and decorations

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Cadet#United States>Cadet, United States Military Academy: June 14, 1911No pin insignia in 1915US Second Lieutenant>Second Lieutenant, Regular Army: June 12, 1915(File:US-O2 insignia.svg|13px)US First Lieutenant>First Lieutenant, Regular Army: July 1, 1916(File:US-O3 insignia.svg|33px)Captain (United States O-3)>Captain, Regular Army: May 15, 1917(File:US-O4 insignia.svg|40px)Major (United States)>Major, National Army: June 17, 1918(File:US-O5 insignia.svg|40px)Lieutenant colonel (United States)>Lieutenant Colonel, National Army: October 20, 1918(File:US-O3 insignia.svg|33px)Captain (United States O-3)>Captain, Regular Army: June 30, 1920(Reverted to permanent rank.)(File:US-O4 insignia.svg|40px)Major (United States)>Major, Regular Army: July 2, 1920(File:US-O3 insignia.svg|33px)Captain (United States O-3)>Captain, Regular Army: November 4, 1922(Discharged as major and appointed as captain due to reduction of Army.)(File:US-O4 insignia.svg|40px)Major (United States)>Major, Regular Army: August 26, 1924(File:US-O5 insignia.svg|40px)Lieutenant colonel (United States)>Lieutenant Colonel, Regular Army: July 1, 1936(File:US-O6 insignia.svg|60px)Colonel (United States)>Colonel, Army of the United States: March 6, 1941(File:US-O7 insignia.svg|33px)Brigadier general (United States)>Brigadier General, Army of the United States: September 29, 1941(File:US-O8 insignia.svg|66px)Major general (United States)>Major General, Army of the United States: March 27, 1942(File:US-O9 insignia.svg|99px)Lieutenant general (United States)>Lieutenant General, Army of the United States: July 7, 1942(File:US-O10 insignia.svg|132px)General (United States)>General, Army of the United States: February 11, 1943(File:US-O7 insignia.svg|33px)Brigadier general (United States)>Brigadier General, Regular Army: August 30, 1943(File:US-O8 insignia.svg|66px)Major general (United States)>Major General, Regular Army: August 30, 1943(File:US-O11 insignia.svg|100px)General of the Army (United States)>General of the Army, Army of the United States: December 20, 1944(File:US-O11 insignia.svg|100px)General of the Army (United States)>General of the Army, Regular Army: April 11, 1946Note â€“ Eisenhower relinquished his active duty status when he became president on January 20, 1953. He was returned to active duty when he left office eight years later.

Family tree

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See also





General biographies

  • BOOK, Stephen, Ambrose, Eisenhower: Soldier, General of the Army, President-Elect (1893–1952), I, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1983, harv,
  • BOOK, Stephen, Ambrose, Eisenhower: The President (1952–1969), II, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1984, harv,
  • BOOK, Peter G., Boyle, Eisenhower, Pearson/Longman, 2005, 0582287200, 55665502, harv,
  • BOOK, Carlo, D'Este, Carlo D'Este, Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, 2002, harv, 0805056866,weblink
  • Krieg, Joann P. ed. (1987). Dwight D. Eisenhower, Soldier, President, Statesman. 24 essays by scholars. {{ISBN|0313259550}}
  • BOOK, Jim, Newton, Eisenhower: The White House Years, 2011, Doubleday, harv, 978-0-385-52353-0,weblink
  • BOOK, Herbert S., Parmet, Eisenhower and the American Crusades, 1972, harv, 482017,
  • BOOK, Jean Edward, Smith, Eisenhower in War and Peace, Random House, 2012, harv, 978-1400066933,
  • BOOK, Tom, Wicker, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Times Books, 2002, harv, 0805069070, 49893871,weblink

Military career

  • Ambrose, Stephen E. (1970) The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower excerpt and text search
  • Ambrose, Stephen E. (1998). The Victors: Eisenhower and his Boys: The Men of World War II, New York : Simon & Schuster. {{ISBN|068485628X}}
  • Eisenhower, David (1986). Eisenhower at War 1943–1945, New York : Random House. {{ISBN|0394412370}}. A detailed study by his grandson.
  • Eisenhower, John S. D. (2003). General Ike, Free Press, New York. {{ISBN|0743244745}}
  • BOOK, Hobbs, Joseph Patrick, Dear General: Eisenhower's Wartime Letters to Marshall, 1999, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, harv, 0801862191,
  • Irish, Kerry E. "Apt Pupil: Dwight Eisenhower and the 1930 Industrial Mobilization Plan", The Journal of Military History 70.1 (2006) 31–61 online in Project Muse.
  • BOOK, Jordan, Jonathan W., Brothers Rivals Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe, NAL/Caliber, 2011, 978-0451232120, 617565184,
  • BOOK, Jordan, Jonathan W.publisher = NAL/Caliber
isbn = 978-0451414571, 892458610,
  • BOOK, Pogue, Forrest C., The Supreme Command, Office of the Chief of Military History, Dept. of the Army, 1954, 1247005,
  • BOOK, Weigley, Russell, Eisenhower's Lieutenants: the Campaign of France and Germany, 1944–1945, Indiana University Press, 1981, 0253133335, 6863111,

Civilian career

  • Bowie, Robert R. and Immerman, Richard H. (1998). Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy, Oxford University Press. {{ISBN|0195062647}}
  • BOOK, Chernus, Ira, Ira Chernus, Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity, 2008, Stanford University Press, 978-0804758079, 105454244,
  • Damms, Richard V. (2002). The Eisenhower Presidency, 1953–1961
  • David Paul T., ed. (1954). Presidential Nominating Politics in 1952. 5 vols., Johns Hopkins Press. {{OCLC|519846}}
  • Divine, Robert A. (1981). Eisenhower and the Cold War.
  • Gellman, Irwin F. (2015). The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952–1961. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. {{ISBN|978-0300181050}} {{OCLC|910504324}}
  • Greenstein, Fred I. (1991). The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader. Basic Books. {{ISBN|0465029485}} {{OCLC|8765635}}
  • Harris, Douglas B. "Dwight Eisenhower and the New Deal: The Politics of Preemption", Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 27, 1997.
  • Harris, Seymour E. (1962). The Economics of the Political Parties, with Special Attention to Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. {{OCLC|174566}}
  • Lasby, Clarence G. Eisenhower's Heart Attack: How Ike Beat Heart Disease and Held on to the Presidency (1997)
  • Medhurst, Martin J. (1993). Dwight D. Eisenhower: Strategic Communicator. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. {{ISBN|0313261407}} {{OCLC|26764309}}
  • Mayer, Michael S. (2009). The Eisenhower Years Facts on File. {{ISBN|0816053871}}
  • Newton, Jim. (2011) Eisenhower: The White House Years {{ISBN|978-0385523530}} {{OCLC|694394274}}
  • Pach, Chester J., and Richardson, Elmo (1991). Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. University Press of Kansas. {{ISBN|0700604367}} {{OCLC|22307949}}
  • BOOK, Pickett, William B., William B. Pickett, Eisenhower Decides to Run: Presidential Politics and Cold War Strategy, Ivan R. Dee, Chicago, 2000, 1-56-663787-2, 43953970, Eisenhower Decides To Run,
  • BOOK, Pickett, William B., William B. Pickett, Dwight David Eisenhower and American Power, Harlan Davidson, Wheeling, Ill., 1995, 0-88-295918-2, 31206927, Dwight David Eisenhower and American Power,
  • Watry, David M. (2014). Diplomacy at the Brink: Eisenhower, Churchill and Eden in the Cold War. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press.

Primary sources

  • Boyle, Peter G., ed. (1990). The Churchill–Eisenhower Correspondence, 1953–1955. University of North Carolina Press.
  • Boyle, Peter G., ed. (2005). The Eden–Eisenhower correspondence, 1955–1957. University of North Carolina Press. {{ISBN|0807829358}}
  • Butcher, Harry C. (1946). My Three Years With Eisenhower The Personal Diary of Captain Harry C. Butcher, USNR, candid memoir by a top aide
  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1948). Crusade in Europe, his war memoirs.
  • BOOK, Dwight D., Eisenhower, Mandate for Change, 1953–1956, 1963, harv,
  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1965). The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956–1961, Doubleday and Co.
  • Eisenhower Papers 21-volume scholarly edition; complete for 1940–1961.
  • Summersby, Kay (1948). Eisenhower was My Boss, New York: Prentice Hall; (1949) Dell paperback.

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