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Ike and Dick

Portrait of A Strange Political Marriage

Frank, Jeffrey

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Ike and Dick
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A groundbreaking narrative of the relationship between Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon--from the politics that divided them to the marriage that united their families. Despite being separated by age and temperament, their association evolved into a collaboration that helped to shape the nation's political ideology, foreign policy, and domestic goals.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 1416587012
9781416587019
Characteristics: viii, 434 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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Mar 28, 2013
  • LJHan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the third book I've read about the "early" Richard Nixon.
Mr. Frank was balanced in his coverage of both President Eisenhower and Nixon.
Eisenhower and Nixon would not have been in each others "orbit"...except that in 1952, they needed each other.
Eisenhower was not as his public image painted him and Nixon was not yet the man of the Watergate era.
I wonder how Nixon's life--how America's history--would have turned out if Nixon had won in California in 1960...or if Eisenhower had been able to remove Nixon as his Vice President in 1956.
I do know one thing after reading this book: Nixon would not have been welcome in the current version of the GOP.

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