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The Long Age of Eisenhower

President Dwight David Eisenhower’s vision was a full-blown consensus: it was shared by automakers, oil companies, and appliance makers; by builders and bankers; and by vast legions of regular Americans—marching bands and booster squads and outpouring fans—gathered around him on the fifty-yard line of American politics and society. The vision was of an imminent future that was not so much a break with the recognizable past as a projection and huge extension of several of the most attractive aspects of where Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman had led America.

Think of it as a triptych—three big panels, each clear ...

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