What We’re Reading: Eisenhower and McCarthyism

Weekly reviews of what's on our bookshelves.

Ike: An American Hero By Michael Korda Michael Korda’s book is an excellent study of Dwight D. Eisenhower, both as a person and as supreme allied commander of the war against Germany, as well as of the process by which he became president. Having read a great deal on Eisenhower, I would normally have little new to say. But something really struck me in this book: the allegation that this particular war hero and political force was a devout communist. The charge came from the McCarthyite faction of Republicans who supported Robert Taft for their party’s nomination. They wanted to destroy Ike’s reputation. In 1952, Joseph McCarthy was a significant figure in American politics and society. He terrorized all areas of American life, destroying the lives of citizens and political enemies alike to enhance his faction’s political standing. He was driven by the creation of a system by which anyone might be identified as a communist. The fear of McCarthy meant a willingness to submit to his faction. Being a communist in 1952 was problematic, of course. A member of the Communist Party by definition supported the international communist movement led by the Soviet Union. The head of the Soviet […]

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Dr. Friedman is also a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book, THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond, published February 25, 2020 describes how “the United States periodically reaches a point of crisis in which it appears to be at war with itself, yet after an extended period it reinvents itself, in a form both faithful to its founding and radically different from what it had been.” The decade 2020-2030 is such a period which will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture.

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