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Reading Recommendations

Cradle to Grave Biographies - Eisenhower: Soldier and President by Stephen Ambrose

This book’s section of Ike’s military career is especially strong.  Modern Eisenhower biographers are critical of Ambrose’s characterization of Ike’s civil rights policy.


Ike: An American Hero by Michael Korda


Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith



World War II

Crusade in Europe by Dwight Eisenhower

This is Ike’s memoir of WWII.


A Great Soldier in the Last Great War by Michael Zucker

This is a novel I wrote in high school about a unit of American soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge.  It features several scenes with Ike as a general.

Foreign Policy

Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World by Evan Thomas

This book focuses on the New Look and Ike’s nuclear strategy.


Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis by David Nichols

This book focuses on Ike’s handling of the Suez Crisis.



Eisenhower’s Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige

by Yanek Mieczkowski

This book focuses on Ike’s response the Sputnik, but has the best analysis of his economic views that I have read.


Civil Rights Movement

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

by David Nichols


Ike’s Final Battle: The Road to Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality by Kasey Pipes


Relationship with Mamie

Mrs. Ike: Memoirs and Reflections on the Life of Mamie Eisenhower by Susan Eisenhower

Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Ike and Mamie, wrote this book.


Ike’s Retirement

Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969

by David Eisenhower

David Eisenhower, grandson of Ike and Mamie, wrote this book.


Relationship with Richard Nixon

The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952-1961 by Irwin Gellman


Relationship with Joe McCarthy

Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy


Ike’s Farewell Address

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission

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