Advising Ike by Herbert Brownell
The Memoirs of Attorney General Herbert Brownell

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In this enlightening volume, Herbert Brownell recounts his achievements and trials as the GOP's most successful presidential operative of the 1940s and 1950s and as Attorney General at a crucial time in American history.

Instrumental in getting Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for office and wielding considerable influence over many of the president's decisions, Brownell had to make many tough and controversial recommendations. In his memoirs he recalls his relationship with the president and provides firsthand insight into an administration that faced not only the wrath of segregationists and Communist witch-hunters but also the resolution of an increasingly unpopular war in Korea and a new definition of American-Soviet relations following Joseph Stalin's death. Particularly notable for Brownell were the gains made in civil rights. Despite personal attacks by the opposition on his integrity, he tenaciously supported and enforced the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. the Board of Education and Little Rock desegregation.

Going beyond the years he spent on Eisenhower's cabinet, Brownell describes the events and people that have influenced his colorful life, including his stints as chairman of the Republican party and manager of Thomas Dewey's two unsuccessful presidential campaigns and his 62-year private law career.

 

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John P. Burke is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vermont. He is coauthor of How Presidents Test Reality: Decisions on Vietnam, 1954 and 1965 and Advising Ike: The Memoirs of Attorney General Herbert Brownell and author of Presidential Transitions: From Politics to Practice and Bureaucratic Responsibility, the latter published by Johns Hopkins.
 
Published May 1, 1993 by Univ Pr of Kansas. 408 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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More than 35 years after leaving office, Brownell recalls serving as campaign adviser and attorney general for the man ``head and shoulders above all the other political figures I have ever encountered'': Dwight D.

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He claims that Eisenhower made no deal with Earl Warren regarding the Supreme Court appointment, describes how he convinced Eisenhower to participate in the Brown desegregation case and maintains that the president's caution on civil rights ``may have been ultimately more productive'' because the...

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