Three Days in January

Three Days in January

Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission

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January 17, 1961: President Eisenhower delivered a speech three days before President-elect Kennedy's inauguration: three days that were the culmination of a lifetime of service that took Eisenhower from rural Kansas to West Point, to the battlefields of World War II, and finally to the Oval Office. As president, Eisenhower--former Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during World War II--guided the U.S. out of war in Korea, through the threat of nuclear war with Russia, and into one of the greatest economic booms in world history. In his last address to the nation, Eisenhower looked to the future, warning U.S. citizens against the dangers of elevating partisanship above national interest, the expansion of the military-industrial complex, debt-heavy government budgets, and the creeping political power of lobbyists and other special interests. Eisenhower intensely advised president-elect Kennedy in the time between his speech and the other man's inauguration, and continued to offer advice and counsel during Kennedy's time in office. Dwight Eisenhower left the public stage at the end of these three days in January 1961 having done more than perhaps any other modern U.S. citizen to set the nation "on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment." Baier explores how his legacy resonates today, explains how Eisenhower embodied the qualities of political leadership that many in the U.S. are seeking at the present, and illuminates how the man still offers lessons for our own time.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062569035
0062569031
9780062569059
0062569058
Characteristics: xviii, 346 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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PatrickVinson
Jul 15, 2017

This is a good book to raise curiosity and encourage further reading and study. The story is not an exhaustive analysis , but seems researched and factual.

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memoral
Feb 24, 2017

A quick read and not a very in depth study of Ike. What bugged me was the date of April 31st mentioned and Ike's HEW Secy being the first female cabinet member. Perkins was for FDR. A history book should have basic info correct.

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fjvalentin
Feb 06, 2017

I found it to be an insightful look at the transition period between the Eisenhower administration and the Kennedy administration. I would have given it a fourth star, but the first part was a biography of Eisenhower, and I have read several of them along with numerous books on WWII. The second part of the book had to do with the background of the issues President Eisenhower covered in his final address to the nation. The third part went into detail about the interaction between Eisenhower and Kennedy and their staffs during the transition period. Having lived through WWII and the Eisenhower administration I found it very interesting. I always admired "Ike" for his integrity.

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StarGladiator
Sep 22, 2016

I happened to come across an advanced synopsis of this, and definitely falls under the category of massive historic revisionism, similar to The Presidents' Club by Nancy Gibb, which also flips real events to make JFK appear the dolt, and Eisenhower [remember the slaughter of over one hundred women, children and men at the Bonus Marchers Village???] the Wise Old Man - - total bull!
Remember those killed in the overthrow of the democratically elected president of Iran?
Eisenhower's responsibility.
Remember the thousands of Indonesians, many of them Christian, who died during the unsuccessful CIA coup?
Eisenhower's responsibility.
Remember the coup which displaced democratically elected Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala, and the deaths of innocents there?
Eisenhower's responsibility.
[And that was because Eisenhower's main financial backer, Floyd Odlum, was also the majority stock holder in United Fruit! And when Eisenhower extended and expanded the national highway system, it was Floyd Odlum, who owned the tank company which built all the gas station tanks across the country!]
And the Cuban Bay of Pigs invasion was planned under Eisenhower [with VP Nixon and his SecDef the top planners, giving Ike some so-called plausible deniability]?
JFK pulled the military support and ordered the cancellation of the planned assassination of Castro because the Joint Chiefs and CIA assured him of a popular uprising - - which never occurred! [And it was under the Eisenhower Administration when the lawsuit brought originally at the end of FDR's term - - may have been his last action, to give the goahead to the DoJ to file the lawsuit against the 17 Wall Street firms which controlled the majority of major corporations in America, which surfaced during the TNEC investigation {United States vs. Morgan et al.} - - was quashed.]
Nope, this is pure fantasy land from Fox's Baier.

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