discussing ‘Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's secret battle to save the world‘.
In May we will return to the early fifties where the elderly ex-general Eisenhower assumed the burden of the Cold War he inherited from General MacArthur and President Truman (which we discussed in March). Armed with the secret knowledge obtained from the U2 flights, Ike refused to involve the US in small proxy wars or expand the military at some considerable health and political costs to himself.
Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's secret battle to save the world
Thomas, Evan. Reading time: 15 hours, 18 minutes.
Read by Robert Sams.
Author of The War Lovers (DB 71695) uses diaries and declassified archives to investigate President Eisenhower's plan for "massive retaliation" in response to the threat of nuclear attack during the Cold War. Explains how Ike kept both the communists and his own generals in check. Some strong language. 2012.