Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of by Ira Chernus

By Ira Chernus

For 8 years President Dwight Eisenhower claimed to pursue peace and nationwide safeguard. but his rules entrenched the USA in a likely everlasting chilly conflict, a spiraling nuclear hands race, and a deepening kingdom of nationwide lack of confidence. Ira Chernus uncovers the most important to this paradox in Eisenhower's unwavering dedication to a constant manner of conversing, in inner most in addition to in public, in regards to the chilly conflict competition. opposite to what so much historians have concluded, Eisenhower by no means aimed toward any actual rapprochement with the Soviet Union. He discourse constantly assumed that the USA might without end face an enemy bent on destroying it, making nationwide lack of confidence an enduring lifestyle. The "peace" he sought was once simply an unending strategy of handling apocalyptic threats, an everlasting kingdom of "apocalypse management," meant to provide the USA unchallenged virtue in each area of the chilly battle. The aim 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. international coverage ever for the reason that, leaving us nonetheless a countrywide lack of confidence nation.

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