In this study group, we will revisit the life and times of Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of the most significant figures of the twentieth century. Once viewed as a lightweight, his contributions have been re-evaluated by noted historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, in his fascinating biography, Eisenhower: Soldier and President
(Simon and Shuster, 1990), which will serve as our text. Another respected historian, John Edward Smith, regards Eisenhower as one of our greatest generals credited with directing Allied armies to victory in Europe and overseeing the D-Day invasion, and, with the exception of Franklin Roosevelt, being the most successful president of the twentieth century. Eisenhower ended the Korean War; tamed Joe McCarthy; kept Berlin free; avoided entanglement in Vietnam in 1954, when others wanted to intervene; and presided over an era of peace and prosperity. The first part of the study group will examine Eisenhower’s early life and military service. The second half will delve into his presidency. In addition to the biography, we will utilize video and supplementary materials. Join us for a new appreciation of a great American, who served the nation valiantly in war and wisely in peace.