CNA National Security Seminar Series
Monday, December 17, 2012
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Journalist and historian Evan Thomas will discuss his new book Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Struggle to Save the World. Focusing on Dwight Eisenhower’s presidential years (1953-1961), he illustrates how the former supreme commander brought his military instincts from the battlefield to the White House. It is a story about national security decision-making and the wise use of power in a dangerous world. Evan Thomas asserts that “President Eisenhower devoted his public service to keeping America and the world out of World War III by bluffing America’s enemies into thinking that he was willing to use nuclear weapons.” In researching this, his eighth book, Evan Thomas has drawn on sources which have recently been declassified or largely overlooked and gives us a new appreciation for Eisenhower’s courage and cunning. A former editor-at-large at Newsweek, Thomas is Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. He is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Virginia Law School.
Attendance is by invitation only.