During his two terms in the White House, President Dwight Eisenhower wrestled with the growing threat of nuclear war. Evan Thomas has written about it in “Ike’s Bluff … President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World”!
Thomas writes that Ike was an excellent poker and bridge player, and he brought those skills to the deadly gamesmanship of keeping the communist Russians and Chinese constantly guessing about U-S intentions. Would the greatest former general in the world use the bomb, and under what circumstances?
We get a good picture of Eisenhower … a man with an explosive temper and chronic health problems. He suffered a heart attack and a stroke while president. We are also taken inside his dealings with Khrushchev and the U-2 spy plane incident. Thomas writes about America’s first efforts to catch up with the Russians in the space race.
One thing I found interesting was Ike’s love of golf. During the most dangerous years of the Cold War, Eisenhower found time to play golf … a lot of golf!
Our thought for today is from Dwight D. Eisenhower:
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”