General Eisenhower, Ideology and Discourse / Edition 1

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Overview

During the Second World War, Dwight D. Eisenhower formulated an ideology that encompassed deeply held ideas about human nature, society, and political life. From the day the war ended, Eisenhower promoted this ideology; he considered the production of words as an end in itself,essential to the real business of governing. During his years as Army Chief of Staff, president of Columbia University, Allied Commander in Europe, and candidate for President of the United States, Eisenhower continuously emphasized the inspirational value of the spoken word. Ira Chernus has created one of the first detailed studies of the ideology and rhetoric of a U.S. leader in the formative years of the Cold War, showing how words and ideas fostered a conservative culture of nationalism and fear. Eisenhower’s use of language fulfilled consciously manipulative ends while also reflecting sincerely held ideas. General Eisenhower: Ideology and Discourse reveals how one man helped construct the sense of national and global insecurity that pervaded American life for decades.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870136160
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Rhetoric and Public Affairs Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira Chernus is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado. He is the author of several books, including Dr. Strangegod: On the Symbolic Meaning of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Madness: Religion and the Psychology of the Nuclear Age.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I The War and Its Aftermath
1 Supreme Commander: World War II 25
2 Head of the Occupation of Germany 49
3 Eisenhower and the Soviets, 1945-1947 67
Pt. II Chief of Staff
4 Developing Ideology 83
5 The Story of the Postwar World 99
6 The Uses of Symbolism 123
7 Chief of Staff: Conclusions 147
Pt. III President of Columbia
8 The Private Discourse 161
9 The Public Discourse 187
10 The Meaning of Peace 205
11 President of Columbia: Conclusions 223
Pt. IV Toward the White House
12 Supreme Allied Commander, Europe 237
13 Presidential Candidate: 1952 269
Conclusion 291
Notes 307
Bibliography 351
Index 361
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