Ike's Final Battle: The Road to Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality

Ike's Final Battle: The Road to Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality

by Kasey S. Pipes
     
 

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He called it one of the hardest things he ever did-as difficult as leading the D-Day invasion. When Dwight Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock to integrate Central High School in September 1957, he couldn't know that he was fighting the last great battle of his career...one that would change forever both him and his country. This is the story of how one

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He called it one of the hardest things he ever did-as difficult as leading the D-Day invasion. When Dwight Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock to integrate Central High School in September 1957, he couldn't know that he was fighting the last great battle of his career...one that would change forever both him and his country. This is the story of how one of America's greatest leaders confronted America's greatest sin. This is the unlikely tale of how Ike became a civil rights president.Ike represents is a revolution in scholarship on Eisenhower and civil rights. Though not uncritical, the book credits his steady personal advance on the issue as well as his accomplishments in the military and as president. Drawing on thousands of primary documents (including newly released material), Ike's Last Battle builds to its climax at Little Rock-one of the most pivotal events of the civil rights movement. Little Rock is at the epicenter, but the book will also look at the cause, and the aftermath.

Editorial Reviews

Fred Barnes
Mr. Pipes is not a professional historian. He is a public-relations consultant and speechwriter who worked in the Bush White House from 2002 to 2005. But he has written a highly readable and credible account of Eisenhower's struggle with race and civil rights. While sympathetic, he doesn't sugarcoat Eisenhower's qualms about desegregation or excuse his unwillingness to move decisively before Little Rock.
Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979267154
Publisher:
WND Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
363,862
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Kasey S. Pipes is President/CEO of a communications firm specializing in speechwriting. He is currently chief campaign speechwriter for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Kasey worked for President George W. Bush for five years, and served as the chief writer for the Republican Party's national platform in 2004. He is a naval reservist in a unit that supports the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

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