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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (62 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Frank Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781452681177
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Richard Nixon was a young Navy officer when he first saw Dwight D. Eisenhower through a storm of tickertape as Manhattan celebrated the end of the war in Europe. Seven years later, Nixon was Eisenhower's running mate on the Republican presidential ticket-the beginning of a political and personal relationship that lasted for nearly twenty years. Despite a gulf that separated them by age and temperament, their association evolved into a collaboration that helped to shape the nation's political ideology, foreign policy, and domestic goals, from civil rights to the civilian space program. 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • Pithily describing their relationship as having a filial aspect, though one without much filial affection, Frank chronicles it through Ike's presidency and Nixon's presidential campaigns with the rich, inside-politics mix of rumor and maneuver in which connoisseurs of political history love to marinate. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 10/28/2013

    " Engaging portrait of the complicated relationship between two enigmatic leaders, albeit enigmatic in different ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davida | 10/18/2013

    " This book was a really interesting read. I think there was some bias towards Nixon on the part of Frank, which didn't really bother me, but it would be interesting to get more of the details about why Eisenhower waffled so much on Nixon. But all in all, very informative and well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheldon Bieber | 10/8/2013

    " Good, some surprises, An interesting view of Eisenhower. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 8/3/2013

    " Nice account of the often ignored relationship between two of the most important Americans of the 20th century. Surprisingly sympathetic to Nixon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RJ | 6/21/2013

    " Made me think more of Dick and less of Ike. "

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About the Narrator

Arthur Morey graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.