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"Americans who 'liked Ike' in the 1950s also loved Mamie, and Marilyn Holt explains why in this lively and informative book." Chester Pach, coauthor of The Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower "Painstakingly researched and superbly written, Holt's definitive biography captures the essence of Mamie Eisenhower." Irwin F. Gellman, author of The Contender: Richard Nixon: The Congress Years, 1946-1952 "A welcome addition to the growing literature on American first ladies." Holly Cowan Shulman, coeditor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia"

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"Americans who 'liked Ike' in the 1950s also loved Mamie, and Marilyn Holt explains why in this lively and informative book."--Chester Pach, coauthor of The Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Painstakingly researched and superbly written, Holt's definitive biography captures the essence of Mamie Eisenhower."--Irwin F. Gellman, author of The Contender: Richard Nixon: The Congress Years, 1946-1952

"A welcome addition to the growing literature on American first ladies."--Holly Cowan Shulman, coeditor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia

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  • Series: Modern First Ladies
  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700615393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700615391
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Coppertop on October 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this new biography and I was very impressed! Mamie Eisenhower often gets written off as just a housewife (most biographies are her are pretty worthless in my opinion), but this book really highlights her contributions and her perfect fit for the American people of the 1950s. It also discusses her early life as a military wife and how that prepared her for her role of First Lady.

I especially liked how the author brought out the ways that Mamie is typically stereotyped and then talked about how she cultivated some of that image and what she was really doing in the background. Mamie was a huge influence on Ike, but she was a big believer in stepping back and staying in her own sphere, although she certainly had opinions and could often be very strong-willed! Mamie in the 50s was a huge change for the White House as entertainment had been very subdued under the Roosevelts and the Trumans (and it makes sense for subdued entertainments during depression and war). She went back to a full schedule of entertainment and strove to serve the people - to the extent that she responded to all letters to her personally (at least signing them herself although she wrote or dictated many personally as well).

This book relies on almost all primary sources - the huge amount of letters that Mamie Eisenhower wrote over the years is the mainstay. The letters give this book a really personal feel of Mamie - you can really hear and see her in the pages. You can also really feel the devotion the Eisenhowers felt for each other throughout their marriage. I feel like I got to know Mamie as I read this book.

I highly recommend the book - as a historian, as a teacher, as a researcher and as someone who just enjoys a well-written biography!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2008
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"Mamie Doud: The General's First Lady" by Marilyn Irvin Holt (an independent historian and PBS documentary consultant) is a 208-page biography of the wife of Dwight David Eisenhower, the supreme commander of the allied forces in Europe during World War II, who then went on to become president of the United States during the opening years of what was to be known as the Cold War. Enhanced with thirty black-and-white photographs, Holt draws upon original source material in the Eisenhower Library to provide the reader with an informed and informative description of Mamie Doud Eisenhower within the context of her time as an ideal First Lady, a stylish grandmother devoted to her family, and a key influence on her husband's success throughout their marriage. A work of seminal scholarship, informed and informative, "Mamie Doud" is an excellent and highly recommended biography showcasing a most remarkable woman who was considered by her peers to be the perfect example of what a President's wife should be.
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When asked by Amazon “How Did I enjoy the book Mamie Doud Eisenshower-the General’s First Lady?”; I could only say “I Loved It!” The book was a hit from start to finish. Most baby boomers like me only remember Mamie as a older grandmother type. The book opened up a new side of Mamie. She was more than just a First Lady, she was a military wife and a mother. For me, being a former military wife, this was the part of the book I enjoyed the most. Having not lived through WW ll, it’s very hard to know all the things women of that time went through. It would be hard to imagine not seeing your husband for years at a time and then having your son join the war. Mamie did it all with strength and character all in the public eye. Mamie always said she wanted to be remembered as a good friend, and after reading this book, I feel that we would have been.
Anyone who watched the C-Span series on the First Ladies would find this book worth reading. It is part of a series of books called “Modern First Ladies” with everyone from Lou Hoover to Hillary R. Clinton. One word of warning, don’t let the small size fool you. When I first opened the box my first thoughts were “Is this the book or the Cliff Notes?” But I was wonderfully surprised by how well written and complete is really was, without a lot of flowery filler stuck in to just fill extra pages.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Meacham on December 6, 2014
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