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Dwight D. Eisenhower/Bibliography

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A list of key readings about Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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  • Ambrose, Stephen E. vol 1: Eisenhower: Soldier, General of the Army, President-Elect; vol 2: Eisenhower: The President; one volume edition is Eisenhower: Soldier and President (2003), standard scholarly biography excerpt and text search
  • Ambrose, Stephen E. The Supreme Commander: The War Years of General Dwight D. Eisenhower (1999), standard scholarly biography excerpt and text search
  • Bischof, Gunter, and Stephen E. Ambrose, eds. Eisenhower: A Centenary Assessment (1995), 281pp, most papers focus on presidency
  • Boyle, Peter G. Eisenhower. (2005). 200 pp. on presidency; excerpt and text search
  • D’Este, Carlo. Eisenhower, A Soldier’s Life (2002), 848 pages; a major military biography; excerpt and text search
  • Eisenhower, David. Eisenhower At War 1943/45 (1986), 825pp; solid biography by his grandson
  • Korda, Michael. Ike: An American Hero (2007) popular military biography; excerpt and text search
  • Lasby, Clarence G. Eisenhower's Heart Attack: How Ike Beat Heart Disease and Held on to the Presidency. (1997) 384 pp. unusually brilliant medical history coreing his entire life
  • Perret, Geoffrey. Eisenhower (2000), popular military biography; excerpt and text search
  • Picket, William B. Dwight David Eisenhower and American Power (1995) 231pp, short overview by scholar
  • Sixsmith, E. K.G. Eisenhower, His Life and Campaigns (1973) online edition
  • Wicker, Tom. Dwight D. Eisenhower (2002), short political biography by journalist excerpt and text search
  • Wukovits, John. Eisenhower: A Biography. (Great Generals Series.) (2006). 204 pp. excerpt and text search

To 1952

  • Bielakowski, Alexander M. "Eisenhower: the First Nato SACEUR' War & Society (2004) 22(2): 95-108. Issn: 0729-2473
  • Chernus, Ira. "Eisenhower's Ideology in World War II," Armed Forces & Society 1997 23(4): 595-613. Issn: 0095-327x Fulltext: Ebsco
  • Chernus, Ira. General Eisenhower: Ideology and Discourse. (2002). 366 pp.
  • Gelb, Norman. Ike and Monty: Generals at War. (1994). 480 pp.
  • Holland, Matthew F. Eisenhower between the Wars: The Making of a General and a Statesman. (2001). 248 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Murray, G. E. Patrick. Eisenhower versus Montgomery: The Continuing Debate (1996), historiography online edition
  • Pickett, William B. Eisenhower Decides to Run: Presidential Politics and Cold War Strategy. (2000). 215 pp.
  • Pogue; Forrest C. The Supreme Command (1996) online edition
  • Rostow, W. W. Pre-Invasion Bombing Strategy: General Eisenhower's Decision of March 25, 1944. (1981). 166 pp.
  • Stoler, Mark A. "Dwight D. Eisenhower: Architect of Victory" in Theodore A. Wilson, ed. D-Day 1944 (1994), pp 298-317
  • Weigley, Russell F. Eisenhower's Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany 1944-1945 2 vol (1981), comprehensive history of Ike's campaigns


General and domestic policy

  • Albertson, Dean. Eisenhower as President (1963) online edition
  • Alexander, Charles C. Holding the Line: The Eisenhower Era, 1952-1961 (1975) online edition
  • Allen, Craig. Eisenhower and the Mass Media: Peace, Prosperity and Prime-Time TV. (1993). 259 pp.
  • Damms, Richard V. The Eisenhower Presidency, 1953-1961 (2002) 161 pp. short survey by Britissh scholar
  • Greenstein, Fred I. The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader (1991), highly influential study by political scientist
  • Greenstein, Fred I. "Ronald Reagan. Another Hidden-Hand Ike?" PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 23, No. 1. (Mar., 1990), pp. 7-13. in JSTOR
  • Griffith, Robert. "Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Corporate Commonwealth" The American Historical Review, Vol. 87, No. 1 (Feb., 1982), pp. 87-122 in JSTOR
  • Harris, Douglas B. "Dwight Eisenhower and the New Deal: The Politics of Preemption" Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 27, 1997 online edition
  • Harris, Seymour E. The Economics of the Political Parties, with Special Attention to Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy (1962) online edition
  • Krieg, Joann P., ed. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Soldier, President, Statesman (1987), 24 essays by scholars; presidential years online edition
  • Lee, R. Alton. Eisenhower and Landrum-Griffin: A Study in Labor-Management Politics (1990).
  • Lewis, Tom. Divided Highways: Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life (1999) excerpt and text search
  • May, Ann Mari. "President Eisenhower, Economic Policy, and the 1960 Presidential Election." Journal of Economic History (1990) 50(2): 417-427. Issn: 0022-0507 Fulltext: in Jstor]
  • Olson, James S. Historical Dictionary of the 1950s (2000) online edition
  • Pach, Chester J. and Elmo Richardson. Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1991), standard historical survey
  • Parmet, Herbert S. Eisenhower and the American Crusades (1972) online edition, scholarly biography
  • Reichard, Gary W. The Reaffirmation of Republicanism: Eisenhower and the Eighty-Third Congress (1975) 303 pages
  • Reichard, Gary W. Politics As Usual: The Age of Truman and Eisenhower (2nd ed. 2004), 213pp; short survey
  • Reinhard, David W. The Republican Right since 1945 (1983) online edition
  • Rose, Mark H. Interstate: Express Highway Politics 1941-1956 (1979), 169 pp.
  • Saulnier, Raymond J. Constructive Years: The U.S. Economy Under Eisenhower (1991).
  • Stein, Herbert. Presidential Economics, The Making of Economic Policy From Roosevelt to Clinton (3rd ed. 1994) excerpt and text search
  • Wagner, Steven. Eisenhower Republicanism: Pursuing the Middle Way. (2006). 179 pp. isbn 978-0-87580-362-3.)
  • Warshaw, Shirley Anne, ed. Reexamining the Eisenhower Presidency. (1993). 234 pp.

Foreign and military polices

  • Barrett, Roby C. The Greater Middle East and the Cold War: US Foreign Policy Under Eisenhower and Kennedy (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Beschloss, Michael R. Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev, and the U-2 Affair (1987)
  • Borhi, Laszlo. "Rollback, Liberation, Containment, or Inaction?: U.S. Policy and Eastern Europe in the 1950s"

Journal of Cold War Studies 1#3 (1999), pp. 67-110 in Project Muse

  • Bose, Meena. Shaping and Signaling Presidential Policy: The National Security Decision Making of Eisenhower and Kennedy. (1998). 197 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Bowie, Robert R. and Immerman, Richard H. Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy (1998) online edition
  • Brands, H. W. "The Age of Vulnerability: Eisenhower and the National Insecurity State." American Historical Review 1989 94(4): 963-989. Issn: 0002-8762 Fulltext: in Jstor]
  • Carter, Donald Alan, "Eisenhower Versus the Generals," The Journal of Military History 71 #4 (October 2007) pp 1169-1200.
  • Chernus, Ira. Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace (2002). 162 pp
  • Clarfield, Gerard. Security with Solvency: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Shaping of the American Military Establishment (1999) online edition
  • Coleman, David G. "Eisenhower and the Berlin Problem, 1953-1954," Journal of Cold War Studies 2#1 (2000), pp. 3-34 in Project Muse
  • Divine, Robert A. Eisenhower and the Cold War (1981) online edition; excerpt and text search
  • Divine, Robert A. The Sputnik Challenge: Eisenhower's Response to the Soviet Satellite (1993).
  • Dockrill, Saki. Eisenhower's New-Look National Security Policy, 1953-61. (1996). 400 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Geelhoed, E. Bruce and Edmonds, Anthony O. Eisenhower, Macmillan, and Allied Unity, 1957-1961. (2003). 196 pp.
  • Hewlett, Richard B. Atoms for Peace and War, 1953-1961: Eisenhower and the Atomic Energy Commission (1989).
  • Jackson, Michael Gordon. "Beyond Brinkmanship: Eisenhower, Nuclear War Fighting, and Korea, 1953-1968," Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 35, 2005 online edition
  • Kengor, Paul. "Comparing Presidents Reagan and Eisenhower" Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 28, 1998 online edition
  • Kingseed, Cole C. Eisenhower and the Suez Crisis of 1956. (1995). 166 pp.
  • Marsh, Steve. "Continuity and Change: Reinterpreting the Policies of the Truman and Eisenhower Administrations toward Iran, 1950-1954," Journal of Cold War Studies 7#3 (2005), pp. 79-123 in Project Muse
  • Medhurst, Martin J. "Text and Context in the 1952 Presidential Campaign: Eisenhower's 'I Shall Go to Korea' Speech," Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 30, 2000 online edition
  • Melanson, Richard A., and David Mayers, eds. Reevaluating Eisenhower: American Foreign Policy in the 1950s (1987)
  • Osgood, Kenneth. Total Cold War: Eisenhower's Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Rabe, Stephen G. Eisenhower and Latin America: The Foreign Policy of Anti-Communism (1988).
  • Rosenberg, Victor. Soviet-American Relations, 1953-1960: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange during the Eisenhower Presidency. (2005). 324 pp.
  • Roman, Peter J. Eisenhower and the Missile Gap. (1995). 264 pp.
  • Showalter, Dennis E., ed. Forging the Shield: Eisenhower and National Security for the 21st Century. (2005). 235 pp. essays by scholars
  • Tananbaum, Duane. The Bricker Amendment Controversy: A Test of Eisenhower's Political Leadership (1988);
  • Tudda, Chris. The Truth Is Our Weapon: The Rhetorical Diplomacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles. (2006). 224 pp. excerpt and text search
    • Johns, Andrew L. "Fighting Words," Reviews in American History 35#2 (2007) pp. 273-283 review of Tuda

Primary Sources


Family members

  • Eisenhower, John S.D. Strictly Personal. New York: Doubleday, 1974.
  • Eisenhower, John S.D. General Ike: A Personal Reminiscence. New York: Free Press, 2003.
  • Eisenhower, Milton S. The Wine Is Bitter (1963)
  • Eisenhower, Milton S. The President Is Calling (1974)

World War II aides

  • Bradley, Omar N. A Soldier's Story (1951) and A General's Life: An Autobiography (1983)
  • Butcher, Harry C. My Three Years With Eisenhower (1946) by wartime aide
  • Collins, J. Lawton Lightning Joe: An Autobiography (1979)
  • Smith, Walter Bedell. Eisenhower's Six Great Decisions (1956), by wartime chief of staff

White House aides

  • Adams, Sherman. Firsthand Report (1961), by White House chief of staff
  • Benson, Ezra Taft. Cross Fire: The Eight Years With Eisenhower (1962) by the Secretary of Agriculture online edition
  • Hughes, Emmet John. The Ordeal of Power (196)3, by the White House staff liberal
  • Kistiakowsky, George B. A Scientist at the White House (1976)
  • Larson, Arthur. The President Nobody Knew (1968)
  • Nixon, Richard M. Six Crises (1962); RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon (1978), excerpt and text search
  • Strauss, Lewis L. Men and Decisions (1962)