Annotations for Ike and Dick : Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage


Baker & Taylor
A narrative account of the unconventional relationship between the 34th and 37th presidents explores their contrasting beliefs and temperaments as well as the collaborative efforts that shaped the nation's political ideology, foreign policy and domestic goals.

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Baker & Taylor
An account of the unconventional relationship between Eisenhower and Nixon explores their contrasting beliefs and temperaments as well as the collaborative efforts that shaped the nation's political ideology, foreign policy, and domestic goals.

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Book News
Author Frank, a former editor at The New Yorker, draws on interviews and archival research for this detailed narrative account reconstructing the political relationship and private friendship of former presidents Eisenhower, the citizen-soldier from Kansas, and Nixon, the lawyer-politician from California. The account follows their intersecting careers as Eisenhower developed serious health problems while Nixon ascended in the Republican Party. There is also the subplot of the courtship between Eisenhower's grandson David and Nixon's daughter Julie. The book includes b&w historical photos, including one of Nixon looking very uncomfortable in fishing gear as Eisenhower tries to teach him fly fishing. The author has written four novels. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Simon and Schuster
Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon had a political and private relationship that lasted nearly twenty years, a tie that survived hurtful slights, tense misunderstandings, and the distance between them in age and temperament. Yet the two men brought out the best and worst in each other, and their association had important consequences for their respective presidencies.

In Ike and Dick, Jeffrey Frank rediscovers these two compelling figures with the sensitivity of a novelist and the discipline of a historian. He offers a fresh view of the younger Nixon as a striving tactician, as well as the ever more perplexing person that he became. He portrays Eisenhower, the legendary soldier, as a cold, even vain man with a warm smile whose sound instincts about war and peace far outpaced his understanding of the changes occurring in his own country.

Eisenhower and Nixon shared striking characteristics: high intelligence, cunning, and an aversion to confrontation, especially with each other. Ike and Dick, informed by dozens of interviews and deep archival research, traces the path of their relationship in a dangerous world of recurring crises as Nixon's ambitions grew and Eisenhower was struck by a series of debilitating illnesses. And, as the 1968 election cycle approached and the war in Vietnam roiled the country, it shows why Eisenhower, mortally ill and despite his doubts, supported Nixon's final attempt to win the White House, a change influenced by a family matter: his grandson David's courtship of Nixon's daughter Julie--teenagers in love who understood the political stakes of their union.

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