Author Jeffery Frank comes up with superlative portraits of the two politicians, concentrating on their personal relationship over the years. It’s a balanced, warts-and-all view of both men, and one even tends to feel sorry for Nixon considering how often his mentor Eisenhower slighted and snubbed him. Eisenhower comes across as considerably less jovial than the public perceived him to be. The most likeable person to appear in the story is Julie Nixon Eisenhower. By falling in love with and marrying Ike’s grandson, David, Nixon’s daughter sealed the two families by blood. Ike and Dick is just a great read for anybody interested in American politics at mid-century. Highly recommended, especially for those fascinated by Nixon’s long descent into Watergate and where it all began.
Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage by Jeffery Frank (Simon & Schuster, February 2013)
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