Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission
In this time of transition of presidential power, Baier and Whitney’s account of Ike’s attempt to leave his successor (JFK) with a sense of the task ahead is both timely and disturbing. The authors are plainly pro- Eisenhower, building a case for his accomplishments, and are slightly dismissive of Kennedy’s boyish desire to grab the metaphorical car keys and drive himself. It’s worth remembering that Ike stopped the Korean War and kept the peace during eight years of U.S.- Soviet tension. His farewell address, containing the phrase “military industrial complex,” makes you long for the days when national leaders acted like grownups.