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President Dwight D. Eisenhower oversaw an unprecedented period of U.S. peace and prosperity. These accomplishments were not all preordained or simply the result of favorable domestic and international conditions. When he became president in 1953, Ike inherited a contentious global and domestic environment. The challenges led many Americans to wonder if the sacrifices made during World War II had only garnered a fleeting peace. Eisenhower’s achievements are notable because of this setting and should lead us to explore the methods that he used to navigate the ship of state. In particular, Ike’s comprehensive and disciplined approach to policymaking stands out. It allowed Eisenhower to escape the worst aspects of America’s partisan politics and guide the nation toward its most vital and enduring interests.