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Tuesday
03
APR

Book Lecture - Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World

12:00
13:30

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In this engaging and concise new biography, Johns Hopkins University Professor Emeritus Louis Galambos follows the career of Dwight D. Eisenhower, offering insight into the man who led America in an era of profound postwar changes at home and abroad, through a middle way approach of compromise and coalition building. His firm-handed leadership, brought prosperity and peace to the American people in the dangerous years of the Cold War — an accomplishment that made him one of the most influential men of the twentieth century.

As the senior editor of the 21 volumes of The Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, a 30-year undertaking by Johns Hopkins University, Lou may know more about Eisenhower than anyone alive. A national figure in the positive evolution of both the public and scholarly appreciation of Ike’s world class legacy, Lou has also served the national memorialization of General and President Eisenhower as Chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s Legacy Committee and as Chairman of the Commission’s Quotations Committee, which curated and recommended the quotations to be inscribed in perpetuity on the Eisenhower National Memorial. His one and only book on Ike is a masterful depiction and an ingenious exploration of the Eisenhower enigma, combining encyclopedic knowledge of Eisenhower and his rapidly changing world with deftly nuanced development of Ike’s character and changing identity.

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.

A book signing will follow the program. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.