Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment

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Overview

Dwight D. Eisenhower's public image was that of a wide-grinning Daddy Warbucks who preferred the golf course over the cabinet room. He was perceived as a military bureaucrat who never held a combat command. A Republican sandwiched between two Democratic administrations, he lacked the political vigor of his predecessor Harry S. Truman and the star quality of his successor JFK.

Yet behind the placid image he was a sly fox who ran the most efficient espionage establishment in the world. His goal was to keep the Free World free. To do so, he fostered the growth of the CIA, overthrew governments, flew spy flights, and hatched assassination plots. At the top of the intelligence pyramid, Ike shouldered some of the greatest coups in espionage history, as well as some of its most ignominious failures.

Among Ike's successes: The "Man Who Never Was" strategem, the ULTRA-guided ambush of the German counterattack at Mortain, which opened the Allies' way to the Rhine, the 1954 overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz Guzman's government of Guatemala, Operation AJAX, which toppled Iran's Mossadegh, and the U-2 flights over Russia. But Ike can be credited likewise for miscalculations: the failure to predict the German attack during the Battle of the Bulge, the Francis Gary Powers fiasco, and the tragic and irresponsible encouragement of freedom fighters in Hungary, Indonesia, and Cuba.

In writing this revealing probe into the 1950s spy world, Stephen E. Ambrose, the author of the most acclaimed full-scale biography of Eisenhower, interviewed the president and many of his agents and had access to much previously unpublished archival material. "The story he tells," said the New York Review of Books in 1981 when the book was first published, "is one of some very low deeds done in the name of high moral principles."

Stephen E. Ambrose was Director Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center, Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans, and president of the National D- Day Museum. He was the author of many books, most recently The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisana Purchase to Today. His compilation of 1,400 oral histories from American veterans and authorship of over 20 books established him as one of the foremost historians of the Second World War in Europe. He died October 13, 2002, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578062072
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen E. Ambrose
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.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Stephen Ambrose
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 10, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Whitewater, Wisconsin
    1. Date of Death:
      October 13, 2002
    2. Place of Death:
      Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

    THe history of Spies

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Different Perspective of WWII and the birth of the CIA

    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.<BR/>Quite a fascinating look into our spy history!

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

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    Mediocre

    Not as deep as it could have been. Author was very kind to President Eisenhower.

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