If you were a child in 1950s America, basking in the afterglow of victory, the world was a more easy-going place and part of its placidity was the avuncular personality of the man at the top, President Dwight David Eisenhower.
However, before he became the relaxed, golf-playing, everything's alright politician, Eisenhower was first and foremost a soldier. One to whom command — and with it the opportunity for greatness — came very late.
This hour, we're talking about Dwight D. Eisenhower's soldier's life.
Carlo D'Este, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and military historian, author of "Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life."
This program aired on July 31, 2002.