By Ira Chernus

For 8 years President Dwight Eisenhower claimed to pursue peace and nationwide safety. but his guidelines entrenched the us in a possible everlasting chilly conflict, a spiraling nuclear fingers race, and a deepening country of nationwide lack of confidence. Ira Chernus uncovers the most important to this paradox in Eisenhower's unwavering dedication to a constant means of conversing, in inner most in addition to in public, concerning the chilly battle competition. opposite to what so much historians have concluded, Eisenhower by no means geared toward any actual rapprochement with the Soviet Union. He discourse continually assumed that the us could eternally face an enemy bent on destroying it, making nationwide lack of confidence an enduring lifestyle. The "peace" he sought used to be in basic terms an unending technique of dealing with apocalyptic threats, an enduring country of "apocalypse management," meant to provide the USA unchallenged virtue in each area of the chilly struggle. The objective and the discourse that supported it have been inherently self-defeating. but the discourse is Eisenhower's such a lot enduring legacy, for it has formed U.S. overseas coverage ever in view that, leaving us nonetheless a countrywide lack of confidence kingdom.

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