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Going Home To Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969 Hardcover – October 26, 2010


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Eisenhower wrote a previous book about his grandfather, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Eisenhower at War (1987). The quality of that book carries over to his new one (which is coauthored by his wife, the younger daughter of Richard Nixon), which offers an admirably professional view of grandfather Ike’s post-presidential life. The author, expectedly close to his subject in physical and emotional proximity, is not swayed by bias as he writes about the public and private man. History buffs who have in mind a picture of Dwight Eisenhower as a hands-off president, too willing to delegate and not willing to get too involved in issues and crises, will be pleasantly surprised, if not startled, to read about Ike’s heavy involvement in the politics of his post-administration years. He often found himself in significant communication with his successors in the White House. From the Vietnam War to the loosening of social strictures in the 1960s to Barry Goldwater’s defeat in the 1964 presidential election and more, Ike had unequivocal opinions and was wise in how and when to share them. This special view of a president from a grandson’s perspective reveals a man greatly respected by family members but at the same time remote from them. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: David Eisenhower will be embarking on a nine-city tour, with Julie Nixon Eisenhower making select appearances with him, which will generate buzz on talk shows and beyond. --Brad Hooper

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“David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower’s Going Home to Glory is a wonderfully satisfying book, at once touching and full of fascinating and previously unknown information about the last years of the General’s life, in which his courage, his sense of humor, his sheer common sense about everything from cooking to atomic weapons makes one realize even more strongly just what a remarkable man he was, at war, at peace, and at home. David’s portrait of his formidable grandfather manages to be at once charming and an important contribution to history: a lovely book.”

—Michael Korda, author of Ike: An American Hero, and Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

“What a joy it was to read Going Home to Glory! Every page is a revelation. David Eisenhower reminds readers that Ike stood for heartland integrity. For the first time we learn how the ex-president weathered the tumultuous 1960s. Highly recommended.”

—Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, Rice University
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439190909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439190906
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
`Going Home to Glory' covers Dwight D. Eisenhower's life from the time of Kennedy's inauguration and Eisenhower's return to "private" life and his death in 1969. David, of course was his grandson and his namesake and married Eisenhower's vice-president Nixon's daughter, Julie; but do not think that this is an unobjective writing.
David Eisenhower is a superb writer. He is thorough in his research; going to as many primary sources as possible, those persons still living, the personal notes, papers and documents rather than just using secondary ones- books and previously published material. Of course for many subjects, especially his grandfather, he is a primary resource himself; but his writing is very impartial and fair, both in dealing with his subject and his mind-set himself.
He includes his own observations and some of the correspondence that he had with his grandfather. His thoughts are warm and create a private picture of a world figure that bring a warmth and closeness to the story; but that is not the main focus. Most of the book deals with Eisenhower's political feelings and observation on what was happening in the world /US scene. There are the moments of the wise grandfather and he is treated gently, especially in the subject of the Bay of Pigs debacle; but there are many little, if known at all facts: Mamie's thoughts that she was not sure that anyone, including herself really knew Ike. He was kept informed and briefed by all the presidents after him, so there are many views and judgments on world events, including the Cuban missile crises, civil rights and the various elections.

We see Eisenhower as a general, who wanted that title back rather than Mr.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Bostock on October 30, 2010
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I was born during the final years of the Eisenhower administration, so I don't have any of my own memories of Ike. I do, however, remember how much my parents and grandparents admired him (my mother still has in her jewelry box a gold-toned pin that spells out "Ike"). So what a treat it is to read this very warm and deeply informative account of Ike's final years, as seen through the eyes of his grandson, David. This marvelous book draws back the curtain on the great General, without interposing on our view the rose-colored glasses that so often mar memoirs today. Written with affection but also with an historian's objective distance, Going Home to Glory reveals an Eisenhower only known heretofore to his closest intimates. As I read this book, I almost felt like I was eavesdropping on David and Julie as they reminisced with close friends or family about this great man whom they knew so well, both as a public figure beloved by the world and as private man loved by his family. This is a marvelous book and would make an especially great holiday present for anyone who once proclaimed that "I Like Ike." If you liked Ike, you'll love this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jennie on November 1, 2010
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Going Home To Glory is a very interesting story about the relationship between Ike and his grandson, David. It is a story told with the political upheaval of the 60's as its backdrop (and thus made it an interesting read for history enthusiasts), but what made it so wonderful to me was how personal it was.
I would recommend this as a gift to any father, grandfather or son. A very powerful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claire Binder on November 20, 2010
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There are many levels on which to enjoy "Going Home to Glory". First, it is written in a style that immediately captures the reader's interest and maintains it until the last sentence. Secondly, the book is replete with major historical figures but the authors present them as ordinary human beings exhibiting both heroic and disarmingly frail qualities that make us appreciate them in a personal and even friendly manner. This is especially true of the book's major character, General and President Dwight David Eisenhower, who is shown as a devoted family man, a farmer, a loyal friend, and a highly literate and hard working individual who strove to master any field in which he engaged. Lastly, the reader will certainly appreciate the meticulous research that went into this book's production. I personally checked some of the more abstruse and unfamiliar statements and found them all to be absolutely true. The authors' closeness to the General give the reader many unexpected and lovely insights into his character that made me realize how fortunate we were to have a gentleman of such humanity at our helm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda LaBarre on November 22, 2010
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History buffs, political junkies and anyone who remembers the 50's and 60's will enjoy this historically accurate and very personal portrayal of Dwight D. Eisenhower's life from the moment he leaves office until his death. Told by a couple with a highly unique perspective , the grandson of one president and the daughter of another, it is full of previously private revelations written with reverence, respect and a sense of humor.

From a historic perspective, this book objectively details the thought processes leading to General Eisenhower's involvement in politics and with world leaders after he left office. From a personal perspective, "Ike and Mamie" come alive with the memories the authors David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon Eisenhower so generously share.
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