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"Galambos masterfully contributes to the study of Eisenhower’s leadership."

"One of our leading scholars of institutions brings to life the career of Dwight Eisenhower, demonstrating his immense and long-lasting contributions to the military and the presidency. Eisenhower has long been considered a detour in the New Deal Order. Here, Galambos brings to light the many ways that this president, underappreciated by historians but loved by voters at the time, deeply impacted our polity."

"A masterful depiction and an ingenious exploration of the Eisenhower enigma. Galambos combines encyclopedic knowledge of Eisenhower and his rapidly changing world with deftly nuanced character development. Powerful Machiavellian moments become revealing punctuation points in Ike’s life and his destiny as the leader of the free world. This is the one book on Ike you must read."

"A fascinating study of Eisenhower’s emergence as a national and world leader, written by a distinguished senior historian. Galambos explains the challenges Eisenhower faced and the ways in which he adapted to major events in the twentieth century. A wise, superbly written book, one that recalls what seems a distant era of American history."

"How does a young man from America’s heartland prepare to become the leader of the Free World? How do his experiences and the people who influence his life shape him for greatness? In this remarkable book, Louis Galambos examines how Ike’s life—from Abilene to the White House—was impacted by a cast of characters and moments of change that helped shape and define his identity, decision-making skills, and leadership style. This is a must-read for fans of Eisenhower, students of history and the presidency, and those who are fascinated by the challenges of leadership and decision-making on the world stage."

"Highly accessible and sprightly written."

"Dwight Eisenhower was a mystery to many of those who favored and most of those who opposed him. Louis Galambos, a professor of history at Johns Hopkins and editor of the Eisenhower papers, resolves some of that mystery in his succinct, insightful portrait."

"Offers many insights into the politics and history of [Eisenhower's] times."

"For readers looking for an overview of Eisenhower's life and career, the Galambos book is a fine choice."

"Johns Hopkins historian Galambos, editor of the Eisenhower papers, examines the development of the leadership style of President Eisenhower from his boyhood in Abilene, Kansas, through his presidency... Galambos's succinct style and penetrating analysis make for a rewarding study. Highly recommended."