Why is Dwight D. Eisenhower important?
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the last president to be born in the nineteenth century. He served in both World Wars, was highly respected for his calm demeanor and leadership abilities, and earned an international reputation for his thoughtful approach to dealing with allies and foes. Eisenhower, in some respects, was the bridge between the generation that fought two world wars and a new generation of leaders that confronted the spread of Communism in the shadow of the rise of nuclear-armed powers.
Historians rank Eisenhower in the top ten of the most effective presidents to serve the United States. Until recently, because of his extreme modesty and a low-key approach to public service, no more than a few glimpses of his impact on public policy have been revealed. Eisenhower shunned publicity, and his appearances in public might even be considered underwhelming by today's standard image of the presidency. His decision-making style was to engage experts privately, gather the facts, and...
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