Eisenhower first came to public attention in 1942, during the Second World War, when General George C. Marshall chose him to be commander in chief of the Allied forces in Europe. By war's end, Eisenhower had become one of the best known and most popular figures in the United States. In 1952, he was nominated by the Republican party as its presidential candidate and defeated Democrat Adlai Stevenson in that year and again, for a second presidential term, in 1956.
Eisenhower was greatly admired and enjoyed uncritical affection during a presidency of relative peace and sustained prosperity.
This recording revisits the high points of his life and military and political careers through his own voice and the voices of Churchill, Roosevelt, de Gaulle, Khrushchev, Truman, Nixon, and others.