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Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment

Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment

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Based on privileged access to the president and his private papers, this classic Cold War-era history by bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose gives an inside look at the way President Dwight Eisenhower managed America’s secret operations as general and as commander in chief.
 
During his time in office, Eisenhower projected the image of a

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Based on privileged access to the president and his private papers, this classic Cold War-era history by bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose gives an inside look at the way President Dwight Eisenhower managed America’s secret operations as general and as commander in chief.
 
During his time in office, Eisenhower projected the image of a genial bureaucrat, but behind that public face, he ran the most efficient espionage establishment in the world, overseeing assassination plots, the growth of the CIA, and the overthrow of governments. This book gives a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most ambitious secret operations in American history, including the 1954 overthrow of  Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán’s government of Guatemala; Operation AJAX, which toppled Iran’s Mossadegh; and the U-2 flights over Russia. Some of Ike’s most conspicuous intelligence missteps are also discussed, including the failure to predict the German attack during the Battle of the Bulge and the tragic encouragement of freedom fighters in Hungary, Indonesia, and Cuba. Ike’s Spies is indispensible to anyone interested in the development of America’s Cold War spy operations.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Revealing and engagingly written. . . . A book with the qualities of an adventure story.”
The New York Review of Books
 
“Ambrose is a superb historian.”
The New York Times Book Review
 
“Historians and public alike should be profoundly grateful to Ambrose.”
Chicago Tribune
 
“Ambrose brought American history to life with intelligence and care.”
The Tampa Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307946607
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/17/2012
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
258,655
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen E. Ambrose wrote twenty books on military affairs and foreign policy. Early in his career he was an associate editor of The Eisenhower Papers, and he later went on to publish the definitive, three-part biography of Eisenhower, as well as many bestselling books of military history, including Band of Brothers and Undaunted Courage. He died in 2002.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 10, 1936
Date of Death:
October 13, 2002
Place of Birth:
Whitewater, Wisconsin
Place of Death:
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Education:
B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., Louisiana State University, 1958; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1963

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Ike's Spies 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
MyTrains More than 1 year ago
This is an early Ambrose work (1999). It is meticulously researched but still reads easily. The author clearly is a big Ike fan who has written widely on his life. Anyone interested in contemporary history would enjoy this book. In telling the story of spying during the Eisenhower years from ULTRA in WWII through the early part of the cold war, the author provides a unique perspective into the stories behind the events of the postwar era.
James_W More than 1 year ago
Ambrose provides a totally new look into how WWII was won. I found the book started off a bit slow, but picked up rather rapidly. It contains tons of introspective into how American and British intelligence played such a major role in winning WWII. The book also goes into the birth of the CIA and its beginnings in shaping America's reach around the world.
Quite a fascinating look into our spy history!
Russell_Kirk More than 1 year ago
Not as deep as it could have been. Author was very kind to President Eisenhower.
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