Richard Nixon was a young Navy officer when he first saw Dwight D.
Eisenhower through a storm of tickertape as Manhattan celebrated the end
of the war in Europe. Seven years later, Nixon was Eisenhower's running
mate on the Republican presidential ticket-the beginning of a political
and personal relationship that lasted for nearly twenty years. Despite a
gulf that separated them by age and temperament, their association
evolved into a collaboration that helped to shape the nation's political
ideology, foreign policy, and domestic goals, from civil rights to the
civilian space program. Ike and Dick relates much
that occurred out of public view, such as the sensitive discussions
among senior staffers concerned about Nixon's proper role when
Eisenhower suffered illnesses that might have incapacitated him. Based
on deep archival research and interviews with dozens of men and women
who knew and worked with both men, including family members, it offers
fresh views of Nixon, the striving tactician, and the legendary general,
a distant man with a warm smile who could, and did, make Nixon's life
miserable. In rediscovering the circle that surrounded
them and a cast that includes Billy Graham, Senator Joseph McCarthy,
Martin Luther King Jr., powerful newspaper columnists, early television
personalities, and even the chilly young adman H.R. Haldeman, Ike and Dick provides an intimate view of America during the Cold War and of two men whose influence has never waned.
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"Eisenhower and Nixon were at different points in their lives when they were elected in 1952. Ike used the presidency as a career capstone, and Nixon saw himself eventually ascending to the office. How they used this dichotomy for better and for worse is the focus of this book. Narrator Arthur Morey has a flat, somewhat raspy voice, and he approaches the book with the seriousness and import that it deserves. He varies his pitch and tone, but the book doesn't lend itself to bold choices. This is a shame because the story of these two high-profile politicians is a captivating tale of power and uneasy alliances. We know what eventually happens to both; the fun is how we get there. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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