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Going home to glory : a memoir of life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969
David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Adult Nonfiction E836 .E383 2010

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This memoir of our 34th president tells the story of the relationship between a boy and his grandfather. Anyone who has had a fulfilling relationship with a grandparent will find much in common with the one detailed here, with the singular exception that the grandfather in question is a General of the U.S. Army, hero of WWII, former two-term president, and four-time Gallup Poll Most Admired American honoree, Dwight David Eisenhower. If the book falls short, it's in its over-detailed recounting of Eisenhower's post-presidency years and tentative forays into influencing the tumultuous political landscape of America in the 1960s. This is well-trod territory, as much has already been written about Eisenhower by others (and by Eisenhower himself), in works such as Crusade in Europe. This book's strength comes from the rarified viewpoint of David's experiences growing up in a deeply political family, belonging to a tiny conservative minority in Amherst, and recounting his personal letters and conversations with his iconic grandfather. The most powerful portion of the book is devoted to Eisenhower's death, ultimately symbolizing the death of trust in government spawned, ironically, by Eisenhower's protege, Richard Nixon. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

President Eisenhower's grandson (Annenberg Sch. of Communication, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Eisenhower at War), with his wife, President Nixon's younger daughter, provides an enlightening and intriguing view of Ike's life after he left the presidency, giving us unprecedented access to Eisenhower's postpresidential activities, from meetings with powerful Republicans about strategies for opposing John F. Kennedy and supporting Richard Nixon, to the golf games for which the former President was famous. The book is meticulously researched and offers astute observations of America's political climate during these years. It is the personal anecdotes, however, that bring the book to life and provide a more comprehensive view of the man-you'll find both Ike's opinions on the Cuban Missile Crisis and his recipe for barbecue sauce-than any other historian could offer. Yet despite its strengths, the book suffers from being somewhat disjointed. Verdict The author's tendency to alternate between referring to his subject as "Eisenhower" and "Granddad" reflects a certain lack of focus. However, what does emerge is a portrait of a complex personality, fiercely devoted to both his family and his country. Recommended for readers of 20th-century American or presidential history.-Michele Martin, Sonoma Acad. Lib., Santa Rosa, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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