By Brian Madison Jones
In Abolishing the Taboo, Brian Madison Jones takes a brand new examine the quintessential position performed through Dwight D. Eisenhower within the production of a brand new nuclear creed for the U.S. in the course of the chilly struggle. the writer facilities the narrative on Eisenhower, the guy, the overall, and the president, with particular specialize in his highbrow and political knowing of nuclear know-how commonly and nuclear guns particularly. Abolishing the Taboo offers an research of Eisenhower's considering nuclear guns seeing that 1945 in addition to a survey of nuclear advancements from 1953-1961.
With heavy reliance upon archival examine on the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas in addition to released works via Eisenhower and his confidants, Abolishing the Taboo evidences how Dwight D. Eisenhower got here to think that nuclear guns and nuclear expertise have been permissible and fascinating resources to aid guard U.S. nationwide safeguard opposed to the probability of...
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Extra resources for Abolishing the Taboo. Dwight D. Eisenhower and American Nuclear Doctrine, 1945-1961
Supporting Industrial Strength a. A Wasting of Strength b. To the Constructive Purposes of Man c. An Era of Progress and Peace 5. Bolstering Moral Strength a. A Crusading Religion b. An Indispensable Platform c. Some Basis of Hope d. Out of the Dark, Into the Light Conclusion Notes Bibliography List of Illustrations President Dwight D. Eisenhower (National Archives) Mushroom cloud from the Hiroshima atomic bomb, 6 August 1945 (National Archives) Dwight D. Eisenhower and Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, 15 February 1949 (Harry S.
After considering the variety of initiatives in the realm of nuclear policy that Eisenhower pursued, some scholars have characterized the president’s policies as discrepant. ”2 The evidence to support this view is striking. ”3 Still, during Eisenhower’s terms in office, his administration conducted as central to national security over 160 tests of nuclear weapons. 4 The president simultaneously worried about the spread of nuclear weapons to irresponsible states, but successfully negotiated over three dozen bilateral treaties, agreeing to ship fissile material and nuclear reactor technology abroad if agreeable nations renounced any future pursuit of nuclear weapons.
From the beginning of his political campaign in 1952, Eisenhower recognized that his staff underestimated his intelligence. “All they talked about was how they would win on my popularity. 47 John McCone, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission in the final years of Eisenhower’s presidency, tried to argue that Eisenhower stacked up well against other recent presidents. According to McCone, the greatest intellectual capacity as a scholar belonged to John Kennedy; as a negotiator, Lyndon Johnson; as a decision-maker, Harry Truman.
Abolishing the Taboo. Dwight D. Eisenhower and American Nuclear Doctrine, 1945-1961 by Brian Madison Jones