Did Americans really know Dwight David Eisenhower? Based on this memoir by Eisenhower's grandson, the answer is no.
Americans liked Ike, whom they repeatedly voted their most admired fellow citizen, right up until the day he died in 1969, more than nine years after vacating the White House. He’d beaten Hitler and during his two terms in office he had been a commonsensical, consensus president. He ended the Korean War and declined in 1954 to commit American troops to Vietnam, where the French were on the ropes. He refused to launch an assault on Roosevelt’s New Deal, as many Republicans wanted him to do. He simply ignored Joseph McCarthy, but that may have been comment enough from someone as well thought of as Ike.
He could be tough as nails on Israel, more so than any of his successors. And he had that wonderful grandfatherly grin.
But did Americans really know Dwight David Eisenhower? The answer is no, based on Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower 1961-1969 by David Eisenhower, his grandson, with Julie Nixon Eisenhower, the author’s wife and the daughter of Richard M. Nixon, who was Eisenhower’s vice president from 1953-1961.