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August 4, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Visitors Center Auditorium
200 SE Fourth Street
Abilene, KS 67410
Book cover illustration for I Like Ike - The Presidential Election of 1952 by John Robert Greene
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"I Like Ike - The Presidential Election of 1952", with author John Robert Greene

Friday, August 4, 2017

A light lunch will be provided for this installment of the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Speaker Series. In the first book to analyze the 1952 election in its entirety, political historian John Robert Greene draws in depth from the Eisenhower, Stevenson, Taft and Nixon papers. Greene traces how Richard Nixon's famous “Checkers Speech,” Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist campaign, and television as a new medium for news and political commercials each figured in the election in its own way. "I Like Ike" is a compelling account of how an America fearful of a Communist threat elected a war hero and brought an end to twenty years of Democrat control of the White House. In an era of political ferment, it also makes a timely and persuasive case for the importance of the election of 1952 not only to the Eisenhower Administration, but also to the development of presidential politics well into the future.