Ike's Bluff by Evan Thomas
President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World

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...Thomas doesn’t neglect his subject’s flaws, and his detailed, engaging picture of Eisenhower’s personality brings him vividly to life.
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Evan Thomas's startling account of how the underrated Dwight Eisenhower saved the world from nuclear holocaust.

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

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

About Evan Thomas

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Evan Thomas is the author of The Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the C.I.A.; Robert Kennedy: His Life; The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1989; Sea of Thunder: The Last Great Naval Command, 1941-1945; and John Paul Jones. His most recent book is Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World.
 
Published September 25, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 469 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Daniel Larison on Nov 21 2012

...Thomas doesn’t neglect his subject’s flaws, and his detailed, engaging picture of Eisenhower’s personality brings him vividly to life.

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Reviewed by Scott Martelle on Oct 07 2012

It's an enjoyable book...But in the end, Thomas doesn't quite make the case.

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