David Nichols “Eisenhower 1956″
April 22nd, 2011
Years before the Cuban missile crisis, the world came to the brink of a nuclear showdown in the Middle East. And it was President Dwight Eisenhower who averted it, says Kansas historian David Nichols in his book “Eisenhower 1956.”
It was the Suez Canal crisis, precipitated by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s decision to nationalize the canal. Israel, Britain and France attacked Egypt; the Soviet Union threatened to intervene on Egypt’s side; and America’s onetime World War II allies assumed Eisenhower would join their side.
Insead, Nichols writes, Ike boldly led us back from the brink of war.
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