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Richard Striner & Louis Galambos: Two Biographers Discuss Dwight D. Eisenhower

This conversation provides a unique opportunity to hear from two biographers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Striner and Louis Galambos, about their differing approaches to their subject. We hope you'll join us!

Striner is the author of the new biography of Eisenhower, Ike in Love and War: How Dwight D. Eisenhower Sacrificed Himself to Keep the Peace. Ike in Love and War shows the hidden sacrifices that made Eisenhower remarkable. It probes the mission that was driving him: the quest to reconcile his skill as a fighter with his mother’s pacifism, which led him to become the greatest peacekeeper of his age. More than other biographies, this one explores the man’s emotions.

Louis Galambos, editor of The Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, is the author of Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World. In this compelling book, he explores the shifts in Eisenhower's identity and reputation over his lifetime and explains how he developed his distinctive leadership skills. As a career military officer, Eisenhower's progress was uneven. Galambos shows how Ike, with the help of Brigadier General Fox Conner, his mentor and patron, learned how to profit from his mistakes, pivot quickly, and grow as a military and civilian leader.

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Richard Striner is a writer, scholar, and activist. He led a historic preservation organization before joining the faculty of Washington College, where he served as professor of history for thirty years. He also served as senior writer for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission.

The author of over a dozen books, he is also the author of numerous magazine and journal articles along with public affairs commentaries and op-eds.

An independent, he encourages people to “think outside the box.” His writing has covered political history, presidential history, literature, economics, film, architecture, and historic preservation.

His most recent book is Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). Previous presidential books include Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Burden Too Great to Bear (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), Lincoln and Race (Southern Illinois Univerity Press, 2012), Lincoln’s Way: How Six Great Presidents Created American Power (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), and Father Abraham: Lincoln’s Relentless Struggle to End Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2006). He contributed to the on-line New York Times “Disunion” series on the Civil War and he has written two cover stories for the American Scholar magazine. He has also written articles for William & Mary Quarterly and Aspen Institute Quarterly. He was a regular book reviewer for The Weekly Standard.

His forthcoming book Ike in Love and War: How Dwight D. Eisenhower Sacrificed Himself to Keep the Peace will be published by Post Hill Press in September, 2023.

Louis Galambos, who has an A.B. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from Yale University, is a former Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration, the Smithsonian's Woodrow Wilson Center and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. He has held the Maguire Chair in American History and Ethics at the Library of Congress and received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

At Johns Hopkins University, Galambos is a Research Professor of History; Editor, The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower; and Co-Director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise. He has taught at Rice University, Rutgers University, and Yale University and has served as President of the Business History Conference and the Economic History Association. A former editor of The Journal of Economic History, he has written extensively on modern institutional development in America, the rise of the bureaucratic state, and the evolution of the professions. His publications include a series of articles on the organizational synthesis of modern U.S. history, and for some years, he has been particularly interested in the interactions between public, private, and nonprofit institutions, including research universities. His books include America at Middle Age; The Rise of the Corporate Commonwealth; The Fall of the Bell System; Networks of Innovation; Competition and Cooperation; The Public Image of Big Business in America, 1880-1940; and Anytime, Anywhere: Entrepreneurship and the Creation of a Wireless World. His recent publications on pharmaceuticals include (both with Roy Vagelos) Medicine, Science, and Merck and The Moral Corporation; in 2014 he published (with Jeffrey L. Sturchio) a study of Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing Gaps in Global Policy and Research. In 2018, he published Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World.

In addition to editing The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, Galambos has edited (with Robert Gallman) the Cambridge University Press series Studies in Economic History and Policy: The United States in the Twentieth Century. He is currently co-editor (with Geoffrey Jones and Susie Pak) of the Cambridge Studies in the Emergence of Global Enterprise and (with Franco Amatori) Comparative Perspectives in Business History.

His major current interest is American innovation and the role professionals have played in enabling the United States to solve (or not to solve) its problems at home and abroad. Cambridge University Press published his book of historical essays, The Creative Society – and the price Americans paid for it, in 2012, and he is currently working on Entrepreneurship & American Capitalism: From Sir Walter Raleigh to Estée Lauder, Reginald Lewis, and Jeff Bezos. Long ago, he received a teaching award at Rice University, and more recently he was honored to receive two such awards from the students at Johns Hopkins.






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Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 6:00pm


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