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
“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
`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.
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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.
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.
I found it hard to put this book down once I picked it up. One part of the story is rare insight on the 60's from the most powerful man of the 50's. The other part, surprisingly, had me laughing out loud at stories that any Grandfather or Grandson could relate to. I recommend this book to any history buff. Certainly one of the most interesting biographies I have read in a long time.
I love this very informative and insightful book! David Eisenhower shares his formative years spent with his Grandfather in a very humble way. It is sometimes funny and always so engaging. I loved the variety of topics and events included. It is a book revealing the solid old fashioned values of a great leader combined with very interesting historical perspectives. It is very touching to read of Eisenhower's decline in health while surrounded by so many faithful friends and family members. A very enjoyable part of this book was reading about the unfolding relationship between David and Julie from childhood through marriage. Some stories of the connections between the Nixon family and the Eisenhowers were cleverly revealed. Reading GOING HOME TO GLORY presents an opportunity to learn a bit of history and to learn about a great man's character. This is a well written first hand account by David Eisenhower who must have acquired his Grandfather's compassion for honesty and hard work. I highly recommend this book!
In Going Home to Glory David Eisenhower with Julie Nixon Eisenhower blended the historical with the personal and wrote a very informative book. You can see the blending with David's use of Eisenhower and Granddad interchangeably through out the book. Historically the book reveals Eisenhower's reactions to the Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, the 1964 election, the unrest in the 1960's, and the elections of 1966 and 1968. The reader finds out the relationships that Eisenhower had with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and how Eisenhower became a supportive and enduring friend to Johnson in the last years of his Presidency. For me the essence of the book revolves around the personal relationship between grandfather and grandson. The rites of passage;going from calling his grandfather IKE to Granddad before the presidency, at 10 receiving a Bible, and at 16 being given history on World War II big events in all male Eisenhower lives. Working summers for his grandfather, driving with him, and just listening and being with his grandfather. Learning that even in his romance with Julie politics could play a role in determining their marriage date. I recommend this book for historians and the general reading public. It is a beautifully written volume about family love, devotion to country, and the personal things that makes life so important and fulfilling. From the front cover showing General Eisenhower and David looking out on the White House lawn to the photo on the back cover with a smiling Ike and a grinning and very girlish and vivacious looking Mamie this book can be enjoyed by every kind of reader.