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Going Home to Glory,
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This review is from: Going Home To Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969 (Hardcover)
Not being a history buff, I was not sure if I would enjoy this book. I was so pleasantly surprised and could not put it down. I was reminded of alot of our nations history and learned a whole lot more. I felt that I had a real personal glimpse of President Eisenhower and his family. David and Julie show you the General's intelligence, integrity, and humor. I liked the plaque given to him in Gettysburg. It was engraved with President Eisenhower's response to the question of what he wanted Soviet premier Khrushchev to see in America during his historic 1959 visit:"I want him to see a happy people...doing exactly as they choose, within the limits that they must not transgress the rights of others." David and Julie provide a personal glimpse of Eisenhower's humor e.g. when Eisenhower spoke at his granddaughter, Ann, commencement at Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pa. he delighted the girls with the comment "Remember," he said referring to the miniskirts coming into fashion around the country, "ankles are always neat, but knees are always knobby." I laughed aloud in so many parts of this book. It was also inspiring to learn how faith-filled this great man was. At age 12, mainly inspired by his Mom, Ida, he had completed a full reading of the Bible. He was known to have said "To read the Bible is to take a trip to a fair land where the spirit is strengthened and faith renewed." Whether you were of age in President Eisenhower's time, or his grandchildrens' time, or great grandchildrens' time; you will love this book. It is a book for any age. As a nation, I feel we were very fortunate to have such a leader and it is important to be informed and remember our history and those great men and women who have contributed to it. I, personally, am giving this book to our family and friends as a Christmas present; and am sure they will enjoy as much as I have. I would urge you to do the same.