Nation: A First Verdict

The final judgment on any President lies with history—and historians. Few scholars would care today to deliver a definitive verdict on Dwight Eisenhower, but many have formed tentative opinions. Asked by TIME to assess Ike as President, general and citizen, some leading historians had some well-defined—and remarkably consonant—views:

-James MacGregor Burns, Williams College, author of Presidential Government: "The Eisenhower Administration was a fine consolidating Administration, with all the benefits that come from consolidation and with all its problems. But the serious questions are whether then, or at any time, we can afford consolidation. The greatest thing about Eisenhower was that he did...

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