An American icon and hero faces a nation--and a world in transition. A bona-fide American hero at the close of World War II, General Dwight Eisenhower rode an enormous wave of popularity into the Oval Office seven years later. Though we may view the Eisenhower years through a hazy lens of the 1950s nostalgia, historians consider his presidency one of the least successful. At home there was civil rights unrest, McCarthyism, and a deteriorating economy; internationally, the Cold War was deepening. But despite his tendency toward 'brinksmanship,' Ike would later be revered for 'keeping the peace.' Still, his actions and politics at the onset of his career, covered by Tom Wicker, would haunt Americans of future generations.