U.s. History - 1950s
The Age of Eisenhower
America and the World in the 1950s
Paperback ISBN: 1451698429
A New York Times bestseller, this is the “outstanding” (The Atlantic), insightful, and authoritative account of Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency. Drawing on newly declassified documents and thousands of pages of unpublished material, The Age of Eisenhower tells the story of a masterful president guiding the nation through the great crises of the 1950s, from McCarthyism and the Korean War through civil rights turmoil and Cold War conflicts. This is a portrait of a skilled leader who, despite his conservative inclinations, found a middle path through the bitter partisanship of his era. At home, Eisenhower affirmed the central elements of the New Deal, such as Social Security; fought the demagoguery of Senator Joseph McCarthy; and advanced the agenda of civil rights for African-Americans. Abroad, he ended the Korean War and avoided a new quagmire in Vietnam. Yet he also charted a significant expansion of America’s missile technology and deployed a vast array of covert operations around the world to confront the challenge of communism. As he left office, he cautioned Americans to remain alert to the dangers of a powerful military-industrial complex that could threaten their liberties. Today, presidential historians rank Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, and William Hitchcock’s “rich narrative” (The Wall Street Journal) shows us why Ike’s stock has risen so high. He was a gifted leader, a decent man of humble origins who used his powers to advance the welfare of all Americans. Now more than ever, with this “complete and persuasive assessment” (Booklist, starred review), Americans have much to learn from Dwight Eisenhower.
A Good American Family
The Red Scare and My Father
Hardcover ISBN: 1501178377
A timely account of the mid-20th-century Red Scare and its impact on everyday families describes how the author's WWII veteran father was spied on by the FBI, accused of communist sympathies, fired from his job and blacklisted. 75,000 first printing.
The Passage of Power
Paperback ISBN: 0375713255
A New York Times Top Ten Book of 2012 A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction A Best Book of the Year: The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, St. Louis Dispatch The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and most triumphant periods of his career—1958 to 1964. It is an unparalleled account of the machinations behind both John Kennedy’s 1960 presidential nomination and his decision to offer Johnson the vice presidency, and of Johnson’s humiliation and powerlessness in that role. With the consummate skill of a master storyteller, Caro exposes the savage animosity between Johnson and Robert Kennedy, portraying one of America’s great political feuds. And for the first time, in Caro’s breathtakingly vivid narrative, we see the Kennedy assassination through Lyndon Johnson’s eyes, and watch as the political genius with which Johnson had ruled the Senate now enables him to grasp the reins of the presidency with supreme mastery, and, within weeks, make it wholly his own, surmounting unprecedented obstacles in order to fulfill the highest purpose of the presidency. It is an epic story, displaying all the narrative energy and illuminating insight that led the Times of London to acclaim The Years of Lyndon Johnson as “one of the truly great political biographies of the modern age.
The King Years
Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement
Paperback ISBN: 1451662467
A succinct and accessible chronicle of key events in the Civil Rights Movement by the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of the trilogy that includes Parting the Waters traces how the Movement evolved from a bus strike to a political and social revolution.
The President's Year of Crisis--Suez and the Brink of War
Paperback ISBN: 1439139342
Draws on hundreds of newly declassified documents to present an account of the Suez crisis that reveals the considerable danger it posed as well as the influence of the 34th president's illness and the 1956 election campaign. By the author of A Matter of Justice. 35,000 first printing.
Turning the World Toward Peace
Library ISBN: 187792704x
Eisenhower cabinet member and confidant Stassen offers a personal account of the man and the policies that directed the country through the Cold War world of the 1950s. He describes the major events the nomination and campaign, the Korean War, the McCarthy hearings, the East German famine relief effort, and the 1955 Geneva Summit and reveals Eisenhower to have been a shrewd planner, a gifted communicator, and a seasoned leader. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Ike and McCarthy
Dwight Eisenhower's Secret Campaign Against Joseph McCarthy
Hardcover ISBN: 1451686609
Describes how President Eisenhower used surrogates to orchestrate a secret campaign against the powerful Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy that ultimately resulted in McCarthy being censured and discredited.
The Year Everything Changed
Hardcover ISBN: 0470387815
Focuses on a pivotal historical year prior to the tumultuous 1960s decade to explore events that set the stage for subsequent changes, noting such landmark happenings as America's entry in Vietnam, the release of the birth control pill, and the invention of the microchip.