More Than a Doctrine
The Eisenhower Era in the Middle East
by Randall Fowler
Publication date May 2018
It is widely believed that president Eisenhower was a boring non-entity. That he was continually playing golf, letting others deal with the day to day management of the country. It was believed that he was inept and knew little about foreign policy. This book seeks to rectify that belief.
This book analyses the Speeches given by Eisenhower, looking at the rhetorical devices used by the president to move public opinion his way and to move the country to a more interventionist Stance, especially when it came to the ‘Middle East’. It showed how he often allowed other people to speak, hiding his own very active involvement in the world behind the actions of others. Moreover, the work highlights the way that America sought to hide their involvement in the gulf region by placing countries, such as the United Kingdom, in visible positions, using these countries to cover America’s increasing power within the Middle East.
This book has an academic feel with close and dense analysis of texts. This may inhibit the general reader. But, this very well written book is well worth a read.