Book Discussion on Eisenhower: Turning the World Toward Peace
Harold Stassen, former adviser to President Dwight E. Eisenhower, talked about the book he co-authored with Marshall Houts, Eisenhower:… read more
Harold Stassen, former adviser to President Dwight E. Eisenhower, talked about the book he co-authored with Marshall Houts, Eisenhower: Turning the World Toward Peace. The authors used their personal experiences to chronicle President Eisenhower’s two terms in the White House, from 1953-1961. Mr. Stassen, who assisted Dwight Eisenhower in his victory over Robert Taft in the first ballot in 1952, describes the president as an intelligent, effective communicator with great leadership qualities that played an integral role in his productiveness in office.
Mr. Stassen spoke of the state of America when the World War II hero took office, and how decisions that President Eisenhower applied to the Cold War in the early 1950s moved the world “to the hopes of enduring peace, with devotion to freedom, justice, and human rights.”
The book praises President Eisenhower’s leadership and highlights his accomplishments, such as ending the Korean War, building the interstate highway system, and holding the first televised press conference. The authors suggest, though, that the president has been undervalued by history.
The other author is Marshall Houts, former FBI special agent and author of general interest books. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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