By Brian Madison Jones
In Abolishing the Taboo, Brian Madison Jones takes a brand new examine the critical position performed via Dwight D. Eisenhower within the production of a brand new nuclear creed for the U.S. in the course of the chilly battle. the writer facilities the narrative on Eisenhower, the guy, the final, and the president, with particular specialize in his highbrow and political figuring out of nuclear know-how often and nuclear guns specifically. Abolishing the Taboo offers an research of Eisenhower's puzzling over nuclear guns considering 1945 in addition to a survey of nuclear advancements from 1953-1961.
With heavy reliance upon archival learn on the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas in addition to released works by means of Eisenhower and his confidants, Abolishing the Taboo evidences how Dwight D. Eisenhower got here to think that nuclear guns and nuclear know-how have been permissible and fascinating resources to assist shield U.S. nationwide defense opposed to the chance of...
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As that effort sputtered, he attempted to negotiate a nuclear test ban treaty and ultimately a moratorium, both of which, Eisenhower hoped, would demonstrate the United States’ commitment to good will and peace. He also used nuclear technology for programs such as Atoms for Peace which the president thought would ease fear, provide hope, and contribute to peace in the world. Because nuclear weapons so clearly and effectively served the national interest, Eisenhower concluded they were a force for good.
D. Jackson for an article Jackson published in Life magazine in 1958. “I must confess ignorance of even the existence of the pseudo-philosophical Frenchman who developed the doctrine of existentialism,” Eisenhower remarked. ”71 Even Eisenhower’s closest friends and advisors sometimes were confused by his self-deprecating comments about his own intelligence. Sherman Adams recounted an instance in the midst of the Korean crisis when Eisenhower was trying to get South Korean President Syngman Rhee to follow America’s advice.
77 Griffith’s study of Eisenhower’s conception of the corporate commonwealth integrated several elements of his thinking about a variety of matters and emphasized consistency and purpose rather than contradictory economic and political notions. But Eisenhower did not need to be an intellectual, as Griffith noted, to possess a certain consistent view of things, particularly the value and function of nuclear weapons in service of the American republic. d. Eisenhower and Hiroshima Any study of Eisenhower’s view on the role of nuclear weapons in America must be based in part on how he understood those weapons.