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Eisenhower: The White House Years

Jim Newton
In conversation with A. Scott Berg
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Episode Summary
There may be more to \"Like Ike\" than we realize. Veteran journalist and editor-at-large of the Los Angeles Times, Jim Newton offers a bold reappraisal of the 34th president, who was belittled by critics as \"the babysitter in chief.\" Newton yields a portrait of a shrewd leader, a progressive politician, and a champion of peace who refused to use an atomic bomb, grounded McCarthyism, built an interstate system, and turned a $8 billion deficit into a $500 million surplus.

Participant(s) Bio
Jim Newton is a veteran journalist who began his career as clerk to James Reston at the New York Times. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Atlanta Constitution and as a reporter, bureau chief, and editor at the Los Angeles Times, where he presently is the editor at large and the author of a weekly column. He is also an educator and author whose acclaimed biography of Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made, published in 2006.

A. Scott Berg has written four bestselling biographies, each chronicling a prominent twentieth-century American cultural figure: Max Perkins: Editor of Genius won the National Book Award; Goldwyn: A Biography received a Guggenheim Fellowship; Lindbergh was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; and Kate Remembered, about his longtime friend Katharine Hepburn, was a #1 New York Times bestseller in 2003. Berg lectures extensively across the U. S. and abroad and is currently writing a biography of Woodrow Wilson.

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