After President Dwight D. Eisenhower left office in 1961, he retired to a farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Living next door was his teenage grandson, David; they would be neighbors for the rest of the decade. Based on personal stories, letters, diaries, and the reminiscences of Eisenhower’s closest friends, Going Home to Glory is both an intimate chronicle of the elder statesman’s final years and a coming of age story.
In this book, Eisenhower emerges as both a beloved and forbidding figure, whether relaxing at home or playing golf, advising presidents Kennedy and Johnson and 1968 presidential hopeful Richard Nixon, or rendering sage advice to young people - including the author. Set amidst the turbulent 60s, the author describes Eisenhower's many efforts to influence a bewildered nation on civil rights and Vietnam.
David Eisenhower's first book about his grandfather, Eisenhower at War, was a best seller and a finalist for the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in History. Going Home to Glory, a personal sequel, offers completely new insight into one of the country's most respected presidents.
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I am a great lover of American History. I have listened to the full audio book several times since it came out and relistening to it now. Listening to this book has given me a great appreciation for
The way the General interacts with others, from his family, the Presidents and members of Congress. Everyone was treated with such great respect. That Ike and Mamie were from a generation that understood that it took hard work and sacrifice to make a better life for your children and grandchildren. That America is the Last Best Hope for the world.
Arthur Morey made the experience of this book very enjoyable. He did a great job.
When the book transitioned to the time when the General knew he would never come back to Eisenhower Farm in Gettysburg, Pa. Wow, the human emotion of it all. The General showed that he was a father, grandfather, President, General and most importantly husband to Mamie.
Highly recommend this book to all history buffs. Only one statement I can say....Wow. Learned stuff I never even realized that President and General Eisenhower did for the country he loved. Would make a great Christmas or Birthday gift for the reader in your life.
This book follows "Eisenhower at War 1943-1945" which is a history. "Going Home to Glory" is a combination of David Eisenhower's memoir of his relationship as grandson of the former President and a history of the last years of the President's life. Sections detailing Vice President Nixon's part in those years are presented by Julie Nixon Eisenhower. This is much warmer than a standard history and obviously favors "DDE" at every turn. However, the insights into how President Eisenhower spent his post presidential years is well worth the reader's attention. Another book from what I label the "sunset years genre" is Michael Shelden's "Mark Twain: Man in White" available from Audible. It too provides insight into how another great man lived his final years. The narration of Arthur Morey is excellent.
I had not read anything about Ike before, and I liked the review that suggested this first. Also, it was interesting to learn about all of the remarkable things Eisenhower did. Thanks to the author and his wife for a good book.
Yes. I really was struck with this first person account although it may be less than objective. It was a sadder day in 1960 with the promotion of Federal involvement in education and healthcare,especially,due to the unbridled socialistic tendencies of the day and blatant disregard for the checks and balances left in place to prevent another New Deal debacle.
I got a different perspective on Mamie. She seemed like a boring sort especially in view of Ike's affair with Kay during the war. She played a lot of solitaire but, with the inception of the great TV awakening, the emphasis in the household switched. It is hard to imagine this former first couple eating dinner on TV trays. Mamie had to adjust to having Ike around so much. It was also insightful to realize that the original grub stake was from Mamie's family. She bought the farm. Her true allegiances were made clear at the end of Eisenhower's life.
Incarcerated in the Walter Reed Presidential Suite as doctors"saved his life". She ensconced herself in a small room next door separated only from Ike by a small partition.
Perhaps she was still worried about the pretty nurses??
During the last few decades Eisenhower is not polled very highly. His care for his grandson,David,is obvious. When he felt like the grim reaper was calling after several false attempts, he still maintained his care for David as an individual and lived to see him married to Julie Nixon which helped him to die in peace.
No, it was the overall experience of the first-hand account.
I have to admit that I was skeptical of this book because of it's "Favorite Son" author, but it was an intimate portrait of a man that very few knew intimately.
I enjoyed this book very much. It had a personal touch that only a family member would have knowledge about. I learned things I had not known about the Eisenhower years. I will be reading (hearing) this book again.
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For the reader that is new to Dwight Eisenhower, I suggest reading Going Home to Glory before reading any other Dwight Eisenhower biographies or memoirs. The knowledge learned from this book will make other biographies, and Dwight Eisenhower’s own memoirs, richer. In addition to providing insight to Dwight Eisenhower the person, Going Home to Glory is a well written account of the poignant relationship between grandfather and grandson.
Can't compare to other books, but it was very enjoyable. I learned a lot, too. I listened with my 92 year old mother, on a road trip after visiting the Eisenhower Boyhood Home and Library in Abilene; she was very attentive to the story, having lived through it! Obviously David Eisenhower had a special insight into the world of his grandfather, and it was told very well, with interesting historical context and insights. I was interested in the post White House years and specifically in the California years, writing his memoirs, and otherwise mostly golfing and writing at Eldorado Country Club in California. His circle of friends was intriguing.
The narration was annoying in many ways. #1, the pronunciation of "Grand-dad" (instead of just saying "grandad"), and #2 the pronunciation of Roosevelt as ROOOOSevelt, when everyone else normally just pronounces it with a "long o." There were several other mispronunciations in the reading. The general reading style was rather pedantic. I'm not a fan.
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