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In Some Ways, He’s a Bit Like Ike: Our first nonpolitician president since Eisenhower.

During the 1952 campaign, Dwight Eisenhower boldly announced that if he won the presidency, “I shall go to Korea.” He believed he could broker peace in the Korean conflict, which had reached a stalemate under Harry Truman. About two months before he took office, Ike flew to Korea on a visit that would set the stage for the end of the Korean War six months into his presidency.

President Truman was outraged that a president-elect would step into foreign policy in such a direct way. It was an audacious break with protocol. But the public was behind Ike, and, more important, the North Koreans and their Chinese allies took him seriously. In their eyes, he was not the inexperienced president-elect but the revered general who meant business. He had credibility with them that Truman lacked. When I was researching and writing my new book, Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission, I was intrigued by this story. I thought it demonstrated how a nonpolitician could shake things up.

Why Eisenhower Matters Now

On January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his farewell address, famously warning his fellow citizens about the dangers of the military industrial complex. But, as Fox News host Bret Baier documents in his new book Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission, the speech was far more complicated and important than that one subject. It hit on themes that still ring true in current American politics, and took the World War II hero more than a year to write.

Ike’s last 3 days, 56 years later

Fifty-six years ago today, Jan. 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address to the nation. Three days later, on Jan. 20, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as president. That 72-hour period is the jumpingoff point of Bret Baier’s new book, “Three...

Bret Baier’s Just-Released Book Is Getting Rave Reviews

Baier’s book has earned significant praise. David Eisenhower, Ike’s grandson, said “The best book on Eisenhower to appear in a very long time.” Historian Douglas Brinkley called it “a landmark achievement in U.S. presidential history.”

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