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The Ordeal of Power: A Political Memoir of the Eisenhower Years - Emmet John Hughes

MacMillan & Co., 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little light soiling to both panels. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

First British Edition. [First Published: U.S.A., Same Year] From the cover: “This thoughtful and penetrating study of what constitutes the executive role in the American hierarchy of political power is approached through an analysis of the Eisenhower years. Emmet John Hughes was close to Eisenhower, first as a speechwriter for his initial political campaign, then in the same capacity throughout the first term of office, and finally as special consultant in what the author sees as the tragic second term. This book has been written with access to primary source material, cabinet records, texts of letters and speeches, and memoranda throughout the years.

The picture of Eisenhower is built up by an analysis of the varied men who surrounded him and his relationship to them, and by a reconstruction of the episodes and crises at home and abroad that beset him during his terms of office. Much light is thrown upon the principal actors — Nixon, McCarthy, Adams, Humphrey and especially Dulles — in the drama of Suez, Little Rock, The Geneva Conferences, the Sputnik and the U-2 incident. Eisenhower himself emerges at one and the same time as both a greater man and a lesser executive leader than either his supporters or his opponents supposed.

Emmet John Hughes has written a fascinating political document which reveals the ordeal imposed on any man who is elected to the Presidency of the United Slates.”


Jacket designed by Larry Carter. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 372 pages.
£13.50