Academic journal article Military Review

FORGING THE SHIELD: Eisenhower and National Security for the 21st Century

Academic journal article Military Review

FORGING THE SHIELD: Eisenhower and National Security for the 21st Century

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FORGING THE SHIELD: Eisenhower and National security for the 21st Century, Dennis E. Showalter, ed., Imprint Publications, Chicago, IL, 2005, 226 pages, $24.95.

Forging the Shield is a collection of essays prepared by various speakers at a special symposium co-sponsored by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University, on the career and influence of former U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower. Eisenhower, who graduated from the Army Industrial College in 1932 and later served on the faculty, was instrumental in the formation of the National Defense University while he served as the Army Chief of Staff after World War II.

The book begins with an essay by Sergei Khrushchev that gives us a first-hand perspective of Soviet society; his father, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev; and his father's experiences with Eisenhower. Subsequent essayists review various aspects of Eisenhower's national security structure, processes, and products, offering insightful perspectives on Eisenhower's foreign policy initiatives, especially with regard to the Korean War and China.

The essayists comment on Eisenhower's overall defense strategy, showing it to have been a balanced and fiscally prudent program, and they discuss Eisenhower's expansion of U. …

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