Dwight Eisenhower was one of the most prominent leaders in all of 20th Century American history, and is considered by many historians to be the greatest Republican president in the modern era. Eisenhower, the one-time general and former master strategist of the Normandy Invasion or D-Day during World War II, was particularly focused on foreign policy as president. The Central Intelligence Agency or CIA, came into existence in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Headed by Allen Dulles, the CIA became directly involved in covert operations throughout the years of the Eisenhower Administration. Allen Dulles was also strongly supported by his brother John Foster Dulles, who was Eisenhower’s Secretary of State. The focus of the seminar will be the expansion of covert operations and the intriguing relationship between Dwight Eisenhower, CIA Director Allen Dulles, and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.
Recommended Reading: The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret War by Steven Kinzer. ISBN: 978-0805094978
Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith. ISBN: 978-0812982886
Tim Crain is the director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education and an assistant professor of history at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. He received a Ph.D. in modern Europe and modern Jewish history at Arizona State University after receiving a B.A. and M.A. from Marquette University. His areas of specialization include modern Jewish history, comparative religious history, modern Europe, and the modern Middle East. Crain taught history for 15 years at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has received numerous distinguished teaching awards from the University of Wisconsin System and Marquette University. He has instructed over twenty seminars at Björklunden. He and his family always look forward to their time there each summer.