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Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Ira Chernus


For eight years President Dwight Eisenhower claimed to pursue peace and national security. Yet his policies entrenched the United States in a seemingly permanent cold war, a spiraling nuclear arms race, and a deepening state of national insecurity. This book uncovers the key to this paradox in Eisenhower's unwavering commitment to a consistent way of talking, in private as well as in public, about the cold war rivalry. Contrary to what most historians have concluded, Eisenhower never aimed at any genuine rapprochement with the Soviet Union. The discourse always assumed that the United States w ... More

Keywords: Dwight Eisenhower, peace, national insecurity, United States, cold war, nuclear arms race, rapprochement, Soviet Union, apocalypse management, foreign policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804758079
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ira Chernus, author