By Brian Madison Jones
In Abolishing the Taboo, Brian Madison Jones takes a brand new examine the imperative position performed by means of Dwight D. Eisenhower within the production of a brand new nuclear creed for the us in the course of the chilly conflict. the writer facilities the narrative on Eisenhower, the fellow, the final, and the president, with particular specialize in his highbrow and political figuring out of nuclear expertise quite often and nuclear guns specifically. Abolishing the Taboo provides an research of Eisenhower's puzzling over nuclear guns because 1945 in addition to a survey of nuclear advancements from 1953-1961.
With heavy reliance upon archival learn on the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas in addition to released works through Eisenhower and his confidants, Abolishing the Taboo evidences how Dwight D. Eisenhower got here to think that nuclear guns and nuclear know-how have been permissible and fascinating resources to assist shield U.S. nationwide safeguard opposed to the danger of...
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His training at West Point and his commitment to separation of powers and the scope of presidential responsibility made Eisenhower an ideal candidate for the presidency. 54 Accordingly, Eisenhower’s associates defended his intelligence against attacks. The self-proclaimed Republican egghead and presidential speech writer Larson discounted those who considered Eisenhower unintellectual. He recalled one instance when the man who supposedly never read anything but Western stories corrected a comment by Larson on Greek history.
34 In foreign policy, Robert MacMahon argued that Eisenhower mistook nationalism for communism and saw the Soviet Union as the prime mover of all discontented social movements throughout the globe. ”35 Post-revisionists have also objected to the glowing assessments of Eisenhower’s foreign policy in Cold War battlegrounds, such as Vietnam and Korea. ”37 During the Korean War, Rosemary Foot believed that other factors played a greater role in bringing North Korea and China to the negotiating table than Eisenhower’s strategy.
According to McCone, the greatest intellectual capacity as a scholar belonged to John Kennedy; as a negotiator, Lyndon Johnson; as a decision-maker, Harry Truman. 48 Sherman Adams was typical of other colleagues who saw Eisenhower as intelligent, but certainly not as an intellectual. 49 Overall, confidants and assistants praised Eisenhower’s leadership as the best example of the man’s intelligence. Rather than offer a litany of examples to support their claims, most of the memoirs by Eisenhower’s aides accepted that because of his previous and current positions his ability to lead was unassailable.