“Bret Baier has given history a great gift – a riveting account of Dwight Eisenhower’s determination to call on his vast experience to prepare America for the perils of the new war, the cold war.”
Bret Baier has written a great book about a great president. Three Days in January brings us the true story behind Eisenhower’s legendary farewell address, the passions that went into it, and the lessons in leadership that ‘Ike’ offers to today’s era of polarization and gridlock.
Bret Baier’s Three Days In January brilliantly illuminates the genius and intrigue behind Eisenhower’s historic Farewell Address. Written with verve and deeply researched, Baier ably dissects fact from myth. A landmark achievement in U.S. Presidential history.
“Bret Baier’s book succinctly captures the essence of Ike’s leadership style. Through stories and the keen observations at the time, Baier makes Ike’s world view and philosophy come to life. Three Days in January is a great read.”
“Magnificently rendered, Bret Baier’s Three Days in January is destined to take its place as not only one of the masterworks on Ike, but as one of the classics of presidential history. This is a too little-known but remarkable story filled with drama, power, and enduring lessons for leadership today. Impeccably researched, the book is nothing short of extraordinary. What a triumph!”
“As General and President, Dwight Eisenhower was one of the greatest leaders in American history, and Bret Baier’s book is a welcome and valuable contribution to our appreciation of Ike, describing some of his most important qualities of character, wisdom and leadership, which are so needed in the public figures of our own era.”
In this absorbing book, Bret Baier describes Eisenhower’s famous farewell address as the “final mission” of a “man of war who craved peace.” My grandfather once said famously, “The problems a president faces, are soul racking. The nakedness of the battlefield, when the soldier is all alone in the smoke and clamor and terror of war, is comparable to the loneliness — at times– of the presidency… no one, with the exception of his predecessors, knows what it is like.” Three Days in January brilliantly captures the drama of January 1961 when Eisenhower passed the torch to JFK, and offers timeless guidance for a peaceful, prosperous and powerful America. Three Days in January is the BEST book on Eisenhower– and the best book written about a presidential speech– to appear in a very long time.
Director, Institute for Public Service, Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania and author of Eisenhower: At War