Eisenhower and the Suez Crisis of 1956 /
Cole C. Kingseed.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1995.
xii, 166 p. ; 24 cm.
0807119873 (alk. paper)
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1995.
0807119873 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-03:
Using the Suez crisis of 1956 as a backdrop, Kingseed (US Military Academy) analyzes the leadership techniques and bureaucratic skills of President Eisenhower. The president triumphed diplomatically, forcing the British, French, and Israelis to cease their aggression while simultaneously preventing the Soviet Union from taking advantage of the crisis. Eisenhower succeeded because he had finely honed crisis-management skills. Drawing on his military training and his experience in overseeing Operation OVERLORD in 1944, Eisenhower employed a sequential planning process or "commander's estimate" that permitted him to assess logically his objectives and courses of action. He also organized his White House and his relations with military and legislative leaders to ensure that all aspects of strategic management coalesced at the presidential level. Kingseed agrees with "Eisenhower revisionists" like Stephen Ambrose, who portray Eisenhower as a decisive leader, but concedes that Eisenhower was unable to build on his victory because he viewed Middle Eastern developments through the prism of the Cold War, confusing anticolonialism and Arab nationalism with communism. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. G. Rabe; University of Texas at Dallas
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