THE PRESIDENCY: The Man in Charge

For nearly a year after he took over at SHAPE headquarters in France in 1951, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was quiet and unassertive. He listened to his staff, he listened to the leaders of Europe, he asked questions. Some of his associates grew impatient. When was he going to show that he was in charge of the defense of Western Europe? One day, at a full-dress conference on the big picture in Europe, he answered their question. After listening to repeated reports on Soviet strength, he abruptly announced that he was damned tired of hearing how helpless the West...

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