Title: "A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution"

Author: David A. Nichols

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Pages: 353

Price: $27

In a nutshell: Several American historians have portrayed Dwight Eisenhower as aloof or even hostile toward civil-rights reform in the 1950s. Many assume he opposed the 1954 Supreme Court decision that schools be integrated "with all deliberate speed." In truth, he acted decisively to bring about the end of segregation. In this fine narrative history, Nichols is persuasive that this president was misunderstood, making a case, through the use of materials not previously researched, that Ike was actually a civil-rights pioneer.