Eisenhower Vs. Warren

Eisenhower Vs. Warren

The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties

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The bitter feud between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Chief Justice Earl Warren framed the tumultuous future of the modern civil rights movement. Eisenhower was a gradualist who wanted to coax white Americans in the South into eventually accepting integration, while Warren, author of the Supreme Court's historic unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of Education, demanded immediate action to dismantle the segregation of the public school system. In Eisenhower vs. Warren, two-time New York Times Notable Book author James F. Simon examines the years of strife between them that led Eisenhower to say that his biggest mistake as president was appointing that "dumb son of a bitch Earl Warren." This momentous, poisonous relationship is presented here at last in one volume. Compellingly written, Eisenhower vs. Warren brings to vivid life the clash that continues to reverberate in political and constitutional debates today.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780871407559
0871407558
Characteristics: xvii, 427 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Eisenhower versus Warren

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lukasevansherman
Jun 03, 2018

While the subject is intriguing and important, the subtitle is a little misleading. Yes, it is about the sometimes tumultuous relationship between President Eisenhower and Chief Justice Earl over civil rights, but it takes nearly 100 pages to get to the heart of the book. There's a lot of background on both men, which is kinda interesting but also not super relevant to author and legal scholar James F. Simon's main point. It is worth reading, but it's also a bit wordy and dry.

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