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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0743223748
  • ASIN: B0009WUV4E
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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From Publishers Weekly

Chicago Sun-Times journalist Neal (The Eisenhowers: Reluctant Dynasty, etc.) makes quite a reach to document a close relationship that never was. Eisenhower and Truman who agreed on little would concur that their two presidencies played a large role in shaping the postwar world. They would no doubt be astonished, however, to find themselves called partners. Neal makes much of the fact that the two men (who did not meet until 1945) were raised within 150 miles of each other. He also labors to apply the label "partnership" to Eisenhower's service under Truman following WWII, first as Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (1945-1948), and later, following a two-year stint as president of Columbia University (1948-1950), as Supreme Allied Commander for NATO/Europe and Commander of U.S. Forces, Europe (1950-1952). As Neal himself recounts, Ike, a national hero courted by both parties, refused Truman's invitation to run for president as a Democrat in '52 and instead went Republican. During his campaign, for the sake of political expediency, he refrained from defending his and Truman's mutual friend, George C. Marshall, from unfounded attacks by Senator Joe McCarthy, which infuriated Truman. After Ike's election, Truman received not a single White House invitation and was never consulted on any issues. The two men met rarely thereafter, and when they did it was usually at funerals: the first of them Marshall's in 1959, the last of them Kennedy's in 1963. There is an interesting study yet to be written about Harry and Ike, but it will not include the word partnership in its subtitle.

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From Library Journal

After helping lead the Allies to the victory that freed Europe in World War II, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower played another important role in aiding his commander in chief, Harry Truman, to launch the Marshall Plan, reorganize American armed services, and establish NATO. Their fruitful collaboration came to an end during the 1952 presidential campaign that put Eisenhower in the White House as a Republican successor to Democrat Truman. Partisanship brought the erstwhile friends to a "mutual contempt" that held until they reconciled near the end of their lives. The author, political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a former White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, documents the long association of two men who between them held the presidency from 1945 to 1961 and whose common vision helped to shape the postwar world in its early years. Scholars, however, will find little beyond some new details on an era they already know well, while Neal lacks the narrative gift to keep general readers absorbed and doesn't quite clinch the case that "Harry and Ike were the partnership that saved the West." While this book is the first to highlight their relationship, fuller portraits of either man are available in many other books, including Neal's own The Eisenhowers: Reluctant Dynasty (LJ 9/15/78). An optional purchase. Robert F. Nardini, Chichester, NH

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More About the Author

Steve Neal served as a law enforcement officer in Virginia for 29 years. During his tenure he was fortunate to experience a wide range of assignments which included Uniform Operations, Criminal Investigations, Covert Operations, Director of the Emergency Communications Center, Director of Training, Support Services Commander, and Inspector for the Office of Professional Standards. He has comprehensive knowledge on the subject of selection and development of a public safety workforce, expertise regarding covert investigations, and a special affinity for media relations.

Steve's distinguished law enforcement career includes many awards and commendations. He is proud of his reputation as a "cop's cop," a leader who places the welfare of those under his command as his top priority. He is respected by those who have served with him, and has been a mentor and coach to many officers. Steve is well known as a man of strong values, straight talk, and true to his word. Rebelling against injustice since childhood, he embodies the doctrine, "When you're right you fight," regardless of political consequences.

Steve was the architect of Public Safety University (PSU), which was a partnership between the public safety community and the University of Richmond. Well over two-hundred officers obtained Bachelor and/or Master degrees through the PSU program.

Co-founder and partner of the Leatherman & Neal public safety consulting team, Steve enjoys providing leadership training for peace officers. In addition to his consultancy, he currently works as a media contributor; furnishing analysis, consultation, and crime commentary for television broadcasters.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The relationship between Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower is a natural for biography, and this book does a superb job of portraying the initial alignment and later divisions between the two men. In many ways, I was reminded of the relationship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as I read these pages. The war-time and tricky post-war environments made it natural for them to cooperate. As both entered the political arena in a partisan way, their public discord was bound to grow. After both had left the White House, each could gradually come to accept the other, particularly after the death of John F. Kennedy.
Although the careers of the two men had many divergences, their geographical and family roots were fairly similar. Although former president Truman was a career politician, he had served in an artillery unit in World War I, which was a rarity among U.S. presidents after Theodore Roosevelt. Each was hand-picked by FDR for a role beyond his own expectations because they were �men of intelligence who were ambitious without being threatening.� Those qualities probably made it easier for them to work together after FDR�s death, as well as General Eisenhower�s belief that military people should remain silent about political matters and support their commander-in-chief.
The book begins with brief biographies of the men prior to 1945. Then it focuses on their relationships between 1945 and 1952, when former President Eisenhower was elected to his first term. Their degree of cooperation and agreement over this time period was significant. General Eisenhower was opposed only to the dropping of the atomic bomb in their early relationship, and did not make much of the difference of opinion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip Steele Krone on November 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Steve Neal presents new information from recently released primary source material and demonstrates the ability, integrity and patriotism of Presidents Truman and Eisenhower despite their differences. Few people are aware of their reconciliation, not unlike that of Presidents Adams and Jefferson also mentioned by another reviewer in these columns.
One example of a little gem in the book describes President Truman's anger at Senator John Sparkman, the 1952 Democratic vice-presidential candidate, during that campaign. This volume has many well documented anecdotes that have not been told before and Steve Neal has both an ear and a voice for politics that few possess.
As an individual who has spent most of his life involved in politics and public affairs I found this a fascinating, informative and enjoyable read. My wife and I have chosen to send it as a Christmas/Hanukkah gift this year because of its originality and intelligibility.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick L. Randall VINE VOICE on January 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Steve Neal's historical biography "Harry and Ike" nearly fails right from the start by building on a premise that is non-existent: the `close' relationship between Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. It's well known that Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower were never close working partners, even prior to the epic, decade-long feud that began during the 1952 election. It's a stretch to building a book on the premise of such a partnership and Neal does very little support his theory. Harry and Ike were two men who initially had great respect for each other and occasionally worked together on issues of common interest, but otherwise had little to do with one another. The failure to make a case otherwise should have torpedoed this book. What saves it, however, is that, even with the flawed premise, it is a fascinating historical record.

While Neal is unable support his premise, he does an excellent job and revealing the histories and backgrounds of these titans among men. He tracks their lives and developments independently until their disparate paths crossed during the last, mad days of World War II. From there, Neal uses the framework of this supposed friendship to provide informative and interesting accounts of history as it happened during that era. He covers moments like Truman offering to step aside and run as Eisenhower's Vice President in 1948 if Ike were to run as a Democrat (possibly the foundation of Neal's assertion of a `close' relationship). He covers the major events like the hostile 1952 Presidential election, the beginning of the Korean War, and firing of General Douglas MacArthur. Neal uses these events to show the impact it had on each man and the reactions it prompted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug on January 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Harry was wild about Ike, until Ike gave him hell, sending Harry on a crusade in Illinois. I have read a dozen or so books by and about Harry and Ike, none of which adequately explained the root causes of their falling out or their eventual reconciliation. This book fills that gap. Ike was politically naive, as Harry feared. I agree with the author that Ike would have been a better President if he had followed the advice of more of his friends, including HST, and less advice from his political handlers. This is an excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Geschke VINE VOICE on October 7, 2008
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I find this book as a dichotomy of political purpose which results in the desired effects for both these rather august politicians.
Just what does that mean? Both Truman and Eisenhower desired to defeat Communism and further the cause of Democracy. However they did it in very different ways. Truman had a great relationship with Winston Churchill. In fact it was Truman who directed Winston to make the famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Fulton Missouri.
On the other hand Eisenhower put off meetings with Churchill to seek summit talks on non proliferation with the Soviet Union. Eisenhower was indeed more passive than either Truman or Churchill.
Both these men were products of a Midwestern upbringing. Mr. Truman gained the Presidency quite by accident. In effect he caught lightning in a bottle. He proceeded to make all the critical hard decisions of the Cold War. The Marshall Plan, The Truman Doctrine, The Berlin Airlift and the Korean War.
In the Korean Conflict, Truman did a very unpopular thing which in the end cost him a chance at another term as President. He dismissed General Douglas Macarthur. Hence his popularity ratings went South and he could not run.
Alas, General Eisenhower appears as the Republican nominee and wins the 1952 election. Truman and Ike at this time are political enemies. The rather frigid handing of the baton of the Presidency is stuff of legend. The frost of that meeting of January 20, 1953 can still be felt.
However, during the 8 years of Ike's reign, the Cold War lingered, but the United States still maintained its dignity.
It was only through the funerals of George Marshall in 1959 and later JFK in 1963 that Harry and Ike met.
Finally they did reconcile. Neal tells a good story. Good but not great. These two men were not bosom buddies. But it reflects the actions of 2 politicians trying for the good of the World. I recommend this book.
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