Ad Homines — Eisenhower and Johnson Before 1953

  • Rip Bulkeley
Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)

Abstract

Historians have often commented on the roles played by President Eisenhower and Senator Johnson as the two protagonists in the sputniks crisis of 1957–8, usually to the detriment of the former and the credit of the latter. But none has ever prepared the ground for such a comparison by asking whether each man’s previous career made it likely that he would fail or pass the test of the sputniks by quite so decisive a margin as is usually claimed. The record of the Eisenhower administration on missiles and satellites, prior to Sputnik 1, will be examined below in its proper place, as will Johnson’s handling of the political opportunity with which he was presented in the fall of 1957. This chapter deals only with what is known about the two men’s previous encounters with the technology and its strategic implications.

Keywords

Clay Nickel Europe Rubber Tungsten 

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