In 'How Ike Led,' Reflections On Eisenhower's Political Legacy

Nov 26, 2020

This program originally broadcast on September 17, 2020.

What we learn from Dwight Eisenhower’s life and leadership.


Susan Eisenhower, policy strategist and lecturer. Author of “How Ike Led.” (@eisenhowergroup)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@JackBeattyNPR)

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Excerpt from “How Ike Led” by Susan Eisenhower 

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Dallas Morning News: “Susan Eisenhower: My grandfather led by building trust among troops and, later, the public” — “In times of crisis the nation’s capacity to produce leaders of integrity has always been assumed. They rise up from among us when the nation needs them the most.”

NPR: “For ‘Ike,’ A Monument Unlike Any Other: Eisenhower Memorial Is Dedicated In D.C.” — “Dwight David Eisenhower was one of the towering figures of the 20th century: A five-star general, he led the D-Day invasion and helped defeat the Nazis. A two-term president, he brought stability to postwar America.”

New York Times: “Eisenhower Memorial, Delayed by Design Disputes, Opens This Week” — “At a time when statues and memorials are being taken down or reconsidered across the United States, a new one is going up in the nation’s capital that could shape the roiling debate over how the country chooses icons to honor.”

National Review: “I Like Susan (Eisenhower)” — “The Eisenhowers, Dwight and Mamie, had two children, one of whom died at three.”

The Guardian: “Frank Gehry on his memorial to Eisenhower: ‘His accomplishments bring tears to my eyes’” — “It is ‘ugly and offensive to the eye’ and ‘injurious to public morals.’ It is ‘a hollow temple, not a hallowed one.'”

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