Eisenhower vs. Warren
The bitter feud between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Chief Justice Earl Warren framed the tumultuous future of the modern civil rights movement. Eisenhower was a gradualist who wanted to coax white Americans in the South into eventually accepting integration, while Warren, author of the Supreme Court’s historic unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of Education, demanded immediate action to dismantle the segregation of the public school system. In Eisenhower vs. Warren, two-time New York Times Notable Book author James F. Simon examines the years of strife between them that led Eisenhower to say that his biggest mistake as president was appointing that “dumb son of a bitch Earl Warren.” This momentous, poisonous relationship is presented here at last in one volume. Compellingly written, Eisenhower vs. Warren brings to vivid life the clash that continues to reverberate in political and constitutional debates today.

Eisenhower vs. Warren Details

TitleEisenhower vs. Warren
Author
ReleaseApr 10th, 2018
PublisherLiveright
ISBN-139780871407559
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GenrePolitics, History, Nonfiction, Biography, North American Hi..., American History

Eisenhower vs. Warren Review

  • Janet Slipak
    January 1, 1970
    The bitter feud between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Chief Justice Earl Warren framed the tumultuous future of the modern civil rights movement. Eisenhower was a gradualist who wanted to coax white Americans in the South into eventually accepting integration, while Warren, author of the Supreme Court’s historic unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of Education, demanded immediate action to dismantle the segregation of the public school system. In Eisenhower vs. Warren, two-time New York Tim The bitter feud between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Chief Justice Earl Warren framed the tumultuous future of the modern civil rights movement. Eisenhower was a gradualist who wanted to coax white Americans in the South into eventually accepting integration, while Warren, author of the Supreme Court’s historic unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of Education, demanded immediate action to dismantle the segregation of the public school system. In Eisenhower vs. Warren, two-time New York Times Notable Book author James F. Simon examines the years of strife between them that led Eisenhower to say that his biggest mistake as president was appointing that “dumb son of a bitch Earl Warren.” This momentous, poisonous relationship is presented here at last in one volume. Compellingly written, Eisenhower vs. Warren brings to vivid life the clash that continues to reverberate in political and constitutional debates today.Out April 10, 2018MY THOUGHTS:I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I loved it so much, I sat and read it from cover to cover in two days (and nights).This is a very important book to read. Everyone, should read it. The battle of wits between Eisenhower and Warren are remarkably written well. The pace of the book was intrinsic to the tension building and I was unable to put it down. The author's detail to research is obvious and appreciated. Pivotal moments in US history are detailed expertly as are the ramifications of certain decisions.What I loved about the author's writing is that he never "assumed" or gave his opinion as to why either man acted as they had. He stayed strictly to documented evidence and kept his own personal opinions out of the mix. Some may say that his explanations fall flat in their content but the author wanted to remain impartial and I feel he succeeded. He wants the readers to develop their own opinions based on facts.I think if anything, Simon could have provided more evidence as to why decisions were made the way they were. Character profiles, even though detailed, are sometimes just not enough to determine the reasoning behind decisions. There are many other factors that sway thoughts and desires.This is still an excellent book that highlights the horrid aspects of segregation with behind the scenes look into related decisions made by each man.I found it truly enjoyable and fascinating a read. If you like political non fiction, then this book would be worthy of a purchase!
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  • Willy Marz Thiessam
    January 1, 1970
    Although I find some problems with this book, I also find it to be an important book.Eisenhower vs. Warren is a must read for anyone interested in Modern American history. In no other book do I know of are the details regarding the disjuncture between President Eisenhower and Justice Warren regarding the Brown decision and its repercussions so well detailed.Simon however gives little indication as to why both men acted the way they did. Instead we are treated to an in-depth psychological profile Although I find some problems with this book, I also find it to be an important book.Eisenhower vs. Warren is a must read for anyone interested in Modern American history. In no other book do I know of are the details regarding the disjuncture between President Eisenhower and Justice Warren regarding the Brown decision and its repercussions so well detailed.Simon however gives little indication as to why both men acted the way they did. Instead we are treated to an in-depth psychological profile of both men. Both men it appears were flawed so the book suggests. Politicians want to compromise and legal experts must uphold principle and may never compromise. This explanation given by the book however falls flat. What should have been obvious to Simon is that politicians need to lead, particularly if they find themselves as leaders in a global conflict. This is the character flaw by which Eisenhower's actions make sense. He simply could not lead. Any reader however will draw this conclusion without Simon explicitly stating it.Politicians must lead as judges must find a balance of interests. The law is all about compromise. There is however no compromise with an enforced, erratic, anachronistic and blatant evil that was segregation. Despite masses of detail Simon fails to detail the legal principals that led Warren to his decision. Instead we merely get a detail character profile of Warren.While the book gives us great detail it fails to explain the important legal principals underlying the dispute and similarly fails to explain why Eisenhower acted the way he did.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    In Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties, James F Simon details the historic civil rights decisions made under the Earl Warren-led Supreme Court during the Eisenhower administration and Ike's reaction to them. Warren is shown to be a chief justice less concerned with legal prudence and more focused on the question of, is it right or just. Eisenhower is shown to be in favor of civil rights where he believes he has presidential authority (integrating the military, govern In Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties, James F Simon details the historic civil rights decisions made under the Earl Warren-led Supreme Court during the Eisenhower administration and Ike's reaction to them. Warren is shown to be a chief justice less concerned with legal prudence and more focused on the question of, is it right or just. Eisenhower is shown to be in favor of civil rights where he believes he has presidential authority (integrating the military, government, and his authority over the District of Columbia) but timid about stepping on state's rights in the south and not backing the court's decisions strongly enough. Eisenhower seems to feel the court went to far too fast and that you can't change the minds and hearts of people through legislation alone, while Warren thinks that if Ike had come out strongly in support of the court's decisions it would have greatly lessened the south's opposition to them.The book is an interesting account of this very turbulent period in US history. Full disclosure: I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
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  • UChicagoLaw
    January 1, 1970
    James Simon's Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties (Liveright 2018), will be released on April 3 but can be pre-ordered on Amazon. I read it as a reviewer for the publisher. It is terrific. Simon offers a truly masterful telling of the complex relationship between two of the most influential and compelling figures in mid-twentieth century America. Exploring such fundamental issues as racial segregation and McCarthyism, Simon takes us beyond the scenes in the White Hou James Simon's Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties (Liveright 2018), will be released on April 3 but can be pre-ordered on Amazon. I read it as a reviewer for the publisher. It is terrific. Simon offers a truly masterful telling of the complex relationship between two of the most influential and compelling figures in mid-twentieth century America. Exploring such fundamental issues as racial segregation and McCarthyism, Simon takes us beyond the scenes in the White House, the Congress, and the Supreme Court to reveal with extraordinary intimacy the conflicts, the compromises, and the sometimes shaped antagonisms that shaped one of the most pivotal periods in American history. Quite frankly, I couldn't put it down! —Geoffrey R. Stone
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  • Calvin
    January 1, 1970
    Simon has shown one again that he is the premier writer on our supreme Court. His 4th book on the relationship between a president and Chief Justice (if you count) the Jefferson & Marshall book) is as interesting as those that came before. And more importantly it's accessible to the professional and the layman.
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  • Cristie Underwood
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting, well written and well researched. This is perfect for anyone looking to read about obscure and little known political history. Highly recommend.
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