A tale of international intrigue, betrayal, and personal heroism, Eisenhower 1956 is the story of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s leadership during the Egyptian Suez Crisis of 1956. After years of growing stress, political machinations, a military coup, and domestic unrest, the crisis climaxed in a tumultuous and perilous nine-day period just prior to the 1956 presidential election. In the midst of the American election, Egypt’s newly elected president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, nationalized the Suez Canal striking Western economic and military interests in the region. The action culminated in Great Britain, France, and Israel attacking Egypt while the Soviet Union invaded its one-time ally Hungary. Eisenhower finally achieved a cease fire in the Middle East on Election Day, possibly averting a global war. David Nichols, a leading expert on the Eisenhower presidency, is the author of A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution and Lincoln and the Indians. (jasbro)
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