Stock Image

Ike's Spies : Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment

Ambrose, Stephen E.; Immerman, Richard H.

Published by Doubleday Publishing, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1981
ISBN 10: 0385144938 / ISBN 13: 9780385144933
Used / Hard Cover / Quantity Available: 1
From DBookmahn's Used and Rare Military Books (Burke, VA, U.S.A.)
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book
Add to basket
Price: 30.77
Convert Currency
Shipping: 4.05
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

Save for Later

About the Book

Bibliographic Details

Title: Ike's Spies : Eisenhower and the Espionage ...

Publisher: Doubleday Publishing, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First Edition


368 pages/illus. Index. Photographs. Behind his wide grin and placid exterior, Ike, as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces during World War II and later as President, was the free world's foremost spymaster, at the top of an intelligence pyramid responsible for some of the greatest coups in espionage history as well as for some of its most ignominious failures. The authors discuss the sucsesses and failures during World War II and the Cold War years including the Bay of Pigs, Central America, Middle East, French Indochina & Vietnam, Gary Powers and the U-2 disaster, CIA assassination plots, etc. Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 007973

About this title:

Book ratings provided by GoodReads:
3.87 avg rating
(198 ratings)


Dwight D. Eisenhower's public image was that of a wide-grinning Daddy Warbucks who preferred the golf course over the cabinet room. He was perceived as a military bureaucrat who never held a combat command. A Republican sandwiched between two Democratic administrations, he lacked the political vigor of his predecessor Harry S. Truman and the star quality of his successor JFK.

Yet behind the placid image he was a sly fox who ran the most efficient espionage establishment in the world. His goal was to keep the Free World free. To do so, he fostered the growth of the CIA, overthrew governments, flew spy flights, and hatched assassination plots. At the top of the intelligence pyramid, Ike shouldered some of the greatest coups in espionage history, as well as some of its most ignominious failures.

Among Ike's successes: The "Man Who Never Was" strategem, the ULTRA-guided ambush of the German counterattack at Mortain, which opened the Allies' way to the Rhine, the 1954 overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz Guzman's government of Guatemala, Operation AJAX, which toppled Iran's Mossadegh, and the U-2 flights over Russia. But Ike can be credited likewise for miscalculations: the failure to predict the German attack during the Battle of the Bulge, the Francis Gary Powers fiasco, and the tragic and irresponsible encouragement of freedom fighters in Hungary, Indonesia, and Cuba.

In writing this revealing probe into the 1950s spy world, Stephen E. Ambrose, the author of the most acclaimed full-scale biography of Eisenhower, interviewed the president and many of his agents and had access to much previously unpublished archival material. "The story he tells," said the New York Review of Books in 1981 when the book was first published, "is one of some very low deeds done in the name of high moral principles."

Stephen E. Ambrose was Director Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center, Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans, and president of the National D- Day Museum. He was the author of many books, most recently The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisana Purchase to Today. His compilation of 1,400 oral histories from American veterans and authorship of over 20 books established him as one of the foremost historians of the Second World War in Europe. He died October 13, 2002, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

From the Inside Flap: Behind Ike's grandfatherly mask, the free world's foremost spymaster

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bookseller & Payment Information

Payment Methods

This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:

  • American Express
  • Bank Draft
  • Check
  • MasterCard
  • Money Order
  • PayPal
  • Visa

[Search this Seller's Books]

[List this Seller's Books]

[Ask Bookseller a Question]

Bookseller: DBookmahn's Used and Rare Military Books
Address: Burke, VA, U.S.A.

AbeBooks Bookseller Since: 09 April 2001
Bookseller Rating: 3-star rating

Terms of Sale:

Check or money order in US$ payable to DBookmahn with order. We also accept Credit
Card payments through Paypal. Will hold book for seven days with email request.

DBookmahn's Used & Rare Military Books, P.O. Box 10826, Burke, VA. 22009.
Returnable within 14 days, if not fully satisfied.

Want lists accepted. We also sell new Schiffer and Fedorowicz books for 20% off list
price. We can order any in print Schiffer and Fedorowicz book for you at the discounted

Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

Store Description: We specialize in quality military history books both new and old. Let us help you find that book that seems to be eluding you! We give you that friendly personal touch that is hard to find amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life. We also buy quality used military history books. Our customer-centered internet mail order business was established in 1997. Since that time, we have sold thousands of books, in all 50 states and around the world. Our speciality is quality used and rare military history books covering all periods from the American Revolution to the Gulf War. Emphasis on German military, Civil War, World Wars I & II and Soviet Union/Imperial Russia. In addition to our military books, we have an eclectic selection of other titles available for sale. We have a number of books on Ethnology particularly as it relates to the Negro in America, railroad histories, biographies, old books on ski-ing and much more. SEE OUR SITE OR EMAIL US FOR A CURRENT CATALOGUE OF SOME OF OUR MILITARY HISTORY TITLES In addition to our military titles on our home page, we are constantly expanding our books online here at ABE. Please check our inventory below!