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Eisenhower: The White House Years

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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