Books: The View from the Top

MANDATE FOR CHANGE by Dwight D. Eisenhower. 650 pages. Doubleday. $6.95.

Far faster than most history makers manage it, the 34th President of the U.S. has produced his documented recollections of the men and events that are still well-remembered headlines to all but junior readers. Dwight Eisenhower's account of his first term in office (1953-56) is fat, flat and informal. Eisenhower is no Churchill. There is neither the thunder of oratory nor the sweep of history here. Instead, there is the sense of an earnest man trying to do his best. Admirers will find...

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