Bret Baier’s new book, “Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission,” highlights Ike’s passing of the torch as commander in chief to Jack Kennedy as the key to opening the door to a better, more accurate understanding of Ike. Change of command in military units, large and small, is always arresting, and from president to president is unique, as we just saw again on Jan. 20, 2017.
Ike, the last general to serve as president, had as his lifelong role model the first general to serve as president, George Washington. Eisenhower admired much in Washington’s leadership and his achievements, and that included Washington’s farewell address. Mr. Baier uses Ike’s farewell address, and the associated transition in presidential office and power, to enable him to probe successfully and effectively the many dimensions of Eisenhower’s leadership and psychology.
Mr. Baier discovers and illuminates Ike through the potent lens of a seasoned journalist. Most important, his experience as chief White House correspondent for three years enables him not only to assess Eisenhower independently and authentically, but also to share his genuine excitement in discovering Ike for himself. His superb communications skills sustain interest and entertain the reader with the journalist’s sharp eye for the human dimension of a story.
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