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See the 1950s through the lens of Eisenhower’s favorite pastime
Public awareness of President Eisenhower’s obsession with golf led to his being simultaneously credited with the surge in the sport’s popularity and criticized for running the country from a golf course. By his second term, however, Ike and golf represented a bygone era because, more than any other sport in America, golf’s moneyed culture remained insulated from the race and class struggles that were transforming the country in the postwar period. Don’t Ask What I Shot tells the story of how Ike’s golf game functioned as a dual symbol of progress and provincialism. It also details Eisenhower’s friendships with Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope, and Winston Churchill, among others.