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This review is from: Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage (Kindle Edition)
This book does what a good history does; it introduces you for the first time to people you thought you knew. Jeffery Frank does a nice job teasing apart the perverse symbiosis of the relationship between Eisenhower and Nixon. Neither is exactly what their public image was, Ike could be as devious as Dick and the reader is suprised to find that Dick was at times very enlightened and progressive. Neither could ever provide what the other needed from the relationship, at times it seems almost mutually masochistic. Eisenhower came from the military where the ideal is earn respect rather than friends; Nixon grew up in politics where friendships and loyalties are everything. The story is eminently readable and the narrative flows and Frank calls on the recollections of those who knew both men for truthful unvarnished opinions.