History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid… Dwight D. Eisenhower


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Eisenhower 1956 : the president’s year of crisis : Suez and the brink of war  David A. Nichols  New York : Simon & Schuster, c 2011  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xx, 346 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-332) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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A gripping tale of international intrigue, betrayal, and personal drama during the darkest days of the Cold War, Eisenhower 1956 is the first major book to examine the event in thirty years.

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Challenging most historians’ opinion that the Suez crisis was merely a minor incident linked to the end of colonial rule in Egypt, Eisenhower 1956 —drawing on hundreds of newly declassified documents — makes clear that it was the most dangerous crisis of Eisenhower’s presidency. Eisenhower used economic threats to force his British, French, and Israeli allies to withdraw from Egypt and put U.S. military forces on alert to deter Soviet intervention in the Middle East. Current U.S. policy in the region dates to the Suez crisis, when we replaced Great Britain as the guarantor of stability.

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Nichols weaves great personal drama — Eisenhower’s illnesses — with simultaneous world crises (America’s closest allies invade Egypt while the Soviets invade Hungary) and the final days of the 1956 presidential election campaign into a thoroughly interesting read.

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