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Ike and Dick relates much that occurred out of public view, such as the sensitive discussions among senior staffers concerned about Nixon's proper role when Eisenhower suffered illnesses that might have incapacitated him. Based on deep archival research and interviews with dozens of men and women who knew and worked with both men, including family members, it offers fresh views of Nixon, the striving tactician, and the legendary general, a distant man with a warm smile who could, and did, make Nixon's life miserable.
In rediscovering the circle that surrounded them and a cast that includes Billy Graham, Senator Joseph McCarthy, Martin Luther King Jr., powerful newspaper columnists, early television personalities, and even the chilly young adman H.R. Haldeman, Ike and Dick provides an intimate view of America during the Cold War and of two men whose influence has never waned.
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By James A. Bretney on 01-20-14
He's against NIxon
If you could sum up Ike and Dick in three words, what would they be?
informative, jaundiced, and still incomplete
What did you like best about this story?
You find out how spineless Ike was at times.
Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. You have to take it in bites
By Ronald on 08-05-13
Did Shakespeare come up with this plot?
What did you love best about Ike and Dick?
For those of us who liked neither of their Presidencies but cannot help being fascinated by the men, this is a superb focus on their relationship, less so on the rest of their momentous lives. One of the ultimate odd couples, they were thrown together, and their families ultimately joined by marriage. The author made me feel empathy for the position of both of these cold men.
Any additional comments?
The performer is one of my favorites. He minimally imposed his personality on the story, which stands well on its own, and he made none of the awkward pronunciation or sentence-splitting errors that annoy when traveling in the world of audiobooks.