There are many myths and legends that come out of our presidential campaigns. None are more persistent, and adopted wholesale by virtually all observers, than the one that argues that neither Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower, nor Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson—who would square off against each other in the presidential election of 1952—wanted to run, but were talked into running by supporters who were acting against the expressed wishes of the two men.
Noted presidential scholar John Robert Greene examines “The Tale of the Final Drafts”—the supposed last genuine drafts of presidential candidates to this point in our history—in a wide-ranging re-interpretation of the 1952 campaign. Greene, author of what is to date the only book-length study of the election (now being updated for the University Press of Kansas), is the Schupf Professor of History and Humanities at Cazenovia College. Among his many books are Betty Ford, The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford, The Limits of Power: The Nixon and Ford Administrations, and America in the Sixties. He has appeared as a commentator in such television documentaries as Betty Ford, American Experience: George W. Bush, and To the Best of My Ability: The American Presidency.