Reading Recommendations

Cradle to Grave Biographies

Eisenhower: Soldier and President by Stephen Ambrose 

https://www.amazon.com/Eisenhower-Soldier-President-Renowned-One/dp/0671747584/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1515012804&sr=8-10&keywords=stephen+ambrose

This book’s section of Ike’s military career is especially strong.  Modern Eisenhower biographers are critical of Ambrose’s characterization of Ike’s civil rights policy.

 

Ike: An American Hero by Michael Korda

https://www.amazon.com/Ike-American-Hero-Michael-Korda/dp/0060756659/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515012972&sr=1-6&keywords=michael+korda

 

Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith

https://www.amazon.com/Eisenhower-Peace-Jean-Edward-Smith/dp/0812982886/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515013013&sr=1-3&keywords=jean+edward+smith

 

 

World War II

Crusade in Europe by Dwight Eisenhower

https://www.amazon.com/Crusade-Europe-Dwight-D-Eisenhower/dp/B00005VQLQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515013102&sr=1-1&keywords=crusade+in+europe

This is Ike’s memoir of WWII.

 

A Great Soldier in the Last Great War by Michael Zucker

https://www.amazon.com/Great-Soldier-Last-War-ebook/dp/B00AHHFRG8/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515013179&sr=1-3&keywords=michael+zucker

This is a novel I wrote in high school about a unit of American soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge.  It features several scenes with Ike as a general.

 

 

Foreign Policy

Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World by Evan Thomas

https://www.amazon.com/Ikes-Bluff-President-Eisenhowers-Secret/dp/0316091030/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515013303&sr=1-4&keywords=evan+thomas

This book focuses on the New Look and Ike’s nuclear strategy.

 

Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis by David Nichols

https://www.amazon.com/Eisenhower-1956-Presidents-Crisis-Suez-Brink/dp/1439139342/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515013352&sr=1-5&keywords=david+nichols

This book focuses on Ike’s handling of the Suez Crisis.

 

Economics

Eisenhower’s Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige by Yanek Mieczkowski

https://www.amazon.com/Eisenhowers-Sputnik-Moment-Space-Prestige/dp/0801451507/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515013451&sr=1-1&keywords=eisenhower+and+sputnik

This book focuses on Ike’s response the Sputnik, but has the best analysis of his economic views that I have read.

 

Civil Rights Movement

A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution by David Nichols

https://www.amazon.com/Matter-Justice-Eisenhower-Beginning-Revolution/dp/1416541500/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515013575&sr=1-8&keywords=david+nichols

 

Ike’s Final Battle: The Road to Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality by Kasey Pipes

https://www.amazon.com/Ikes-Final-Battle-Challenge-Equality/dp/0977898458/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515013660&sr=1-1&keywords=ike%27s+final+battle

 

Relationship with Mamie

Mrs. Ike: Memoirs and Reflections on the Life of Mamie Eisenhower by Susan Eisenhower

https://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Ike-Memories-Reflections-Eisenhower/dp/0374215146/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515014474&sr=1-1&keywords=susan+eisenhower

Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Ike and Mamie, wrote this book.

 

Ike’s Retirement

Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969 by David Eisenhower. 

https://www.amazon.com/Going-Home-Glory-Eisenhower-1961-1969/dp/1439190909/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515014579&sr=1-1&keywords=going+home+to+glory

David Eisenhower, grandson of Ike and Mamie, wrote this book.

 

Relationship with Richard Nixon

The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952-1961 by Irwin Gellman

https://www.amazon.com/President-Apprentice-Eisenhower-Nixon-1952-1961/dp/0300181051/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515014661&sr=1-1&keywords=the+president+and+the+apprentice

 

Relationship with Joe McCarthy

Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy

https://www.amazon.com/Ike-McCarthy-Eisenhowers-Campaign-against/dp/1451686609/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515014738&sr=1-1&keywords=ike+and+mccarthy+by+david+nichols

 

Ike’s Farewell Address

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission

https://www.amazon.com/Three-Days-January-Eisenhowers-Mission/dp/0062569058/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1515014809&sr=1-1&keywords=bret+baier