Susan Eisenhower on “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions”

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Susan Eisenhower joined NTI to discuss her recent book, How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions.

This book is a retrospective of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s wartime and presidential leadership. Few people have made decisions as momentous as Eisenhower – from D-Day to Little Rock, from the Korean War to Cold War crises, from the Red Scare to the Missile Gap controversies.  How Ike Led is part leadership book, part history, and part memoir, with new insights on the man from a family member and national security expert. The book shows us not only what he did, but why—and what we can learn from him today.

“This eminently readable book is laced with personal anecdotes and insights from his friends and closest advisors. Although Eisenhower’s life and presidency have been the subject of abundant scholarly study, the family details and flowing style of ‘How Ike Led’ make a special contribution to our understanding of him as a person and as a leader.” — Dr. Susan Hockfield, President Emerita, MIT
“Susan Eisenhower’s ‘How Ike Led’ distills from her grandfather’s life the enduring qualities of successful leadership. Those qualities—dedication to duty, sincerity, fairness, optimism, humility, patience and restraint, moderation and accountability—are illuminated through anecdotes both moving and entertaining from Dwight Eisenhower’s decades of unparalleled service to America. It is an inspirational book with lessons highly relevant and desperately needed for current and aspiring leaders, especially those in public life.” — Robert M. Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense 2006–2011


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