Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage by Jeffrey Frank

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Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon had a political and private relationship that lasted nearly twenty years, a tie that survived hurtful slights, tense misunderstandings, and the distance between them in age and temperament. Yet the two men brought out the best and worst in each other, and their association had important consequences for their respective presidencies.

In Ike and Dick, Jeffrey Frank rediscovers these two compelling figures with the sensitivity of a novelist and the discipline of a historian. He offers a fresh view of the younger Nixon as a striving tactician, as well as the ever more perplexing person that he became. He portrays Eisenhower, the legendary soldier, as a cold, even vain man with a warm smile whose sound instincts about war and peace far outpaced his understanding of the changes occurring in his own country.

Eisenhower and Nixon shared striking characteristics: high intelligence, cunning, and an aversion to confrontation, especially with each other. Ike and Dick, informed by dozens of interviews and deep archival research, traces the path of their relationship in a dangerous world of recurring crises as Nixon’s ambitions grew and Eisenhower was struck by a series of debilitating illnesses. And, as the 1968 election cycle approached and the war in Vietnam roiled the country, it shows why Eisenhower, mortally ill and despite his doubts, supported Nixon’s final attempt to win the White House, a change influenced by a family matter: his grandson David’s courtship of Nixon’s daughter Julie—teenagers in love who understood the political stakes of their union.

Title : Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage
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ISBN : 1416587012
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 448 pages


Steve rated it ★★★★☆

February 09, 2017

https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2017... “Ike & Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage” by Jeffrey Frank was published in 2013. Frank is an author and journalist; he was formerly senior editor at The New Yorker and deputy editor of the “Outlook” section of The Washington Post. In addit...

Jim rated it ★★★★★

April 10, 2013

An absorbing depiction of one president's passive-aggressive psychological abuse of his vice-president. Nixon-haters will gain a useful modicum of sympathy for their perpetual villain, as he assumes Grendel-like proportions under the cruel ministrations of the outwardly genial Ike. The cult of Ik...

Adam rated it ★★★☆☆

February 24, 2013

Over the last five months, I've been reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, her massive volume on Lincoln's inclusion of political foes in his presidential cabinet, one chapter at a time. In that same time, I've begun and finished a few dozen other books, usually in one or two sittings, a...

Aaron rated it ★★★★★

July 02, 2016

The word "strange" in the title of this book is quite apt. Individually, both Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon were strange individuals (Eisenhower in a more hidden way, Nixon in a more obvious way). Together, their relationship was extremely odd: filled with - on one hand - distrust, mutual s...

Ben rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2014

This book is very accurately titled. It is literally about Ike and Dick's strange relationship. Huge events like Bobby Kennedy's assassination get barely a sentence, but Christmas cards between the two are dissected down to how Eisenhower signs off (i.e. will he use the chummier, 'Ike', indicatin...

Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

August 04, 2015

A well-written and quick read, Frank sacrifices depth to paint in broader strokes and focuses primarily (as the subtitle indicates) on the often strained relationship between Eisenhower and Nixon. If not entirely sympathetic, a more understandable Nixon emerges, though still carrying his many fla...

John rated it ★★★★★

January 02, 2018

An excellent appraisal of the relationship, both political and personal, between Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. The book kept my interest from beginning to end. I'm always glad to find out something new about history, and one example from this book was Nixon's rather enlightened view on civ...

Kirsti rated it ★★★★☆

April 16, 2014

"[He] used me, but he used me well." --Richard Nixon, describing his professional relationship with Dwight Eisenhower "Since he did not really trust people, people did not really trust him." --Bryce Harlow, who worked for Eisenhower and Nixon, describing Nixon I bought this so I could learn more ab...

Deborah rated it ★★★★★

March 13, 2013

A great biography and so much more! The act of real writing begins with recognizing a good idea and in this case, author Jeffrey Frank has honed in on a great one- the dynamic between two American presidents (one current, the other to-be) sealed together in an arranged marriage. Portrayed separate...

Jim rated it ★★★★☆

June 16, 2013

This niche history is an historical treat. It follow Dwight Eisenhower's and Richard Nixon's complicated relationship from just before the 1952 convention through Ike's two terms, Nixon's time in the wilderness, Ike's death, Nixon's bruised presidency through his death. It's clear now through rev...

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