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Mrs. Ike: Memories and Reflections on the Life of Mamie Eisenhower

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Written by her granddaughter, a portrait of a beloved First Lady and an incisive account of a complex marriage examines the life of Mamie Eisenhower, a saucy young lady who found her match in handsome Ike Eisenhower, and their adventures, misunderstandings, and glowing triumphs.
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a bio of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, written by her granddaughter Susan Eisenhower. You can tell the granddaughter loved her grandmother immensely, so I would say there is a little bias here. If her grandmother has any flaws they are only touched on lightly, if at all. The book was the most interesting when the author talks about her personal stories about her grandparents, but there is lots of history written about before she was born. An interesting bio of both the president and his w ...more
Tom Rowe
What a refreshing book. To know that good people once ran the country. It gives me hope for the future. Well worth reading.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I was not excited about reading this book and the read was not exciting. But, I found myself getting through it rather quickly and it was interesting. Eisenhower is the first president that I remember and I certainly remember his wife as well--especially her bangs and her hats. But I knew very little else about them. This book is full of personal correspondence between the 2 of them, as well as revealing their lives and lifestyles. It turns out that Ike was quite the romantic and Mamie was extre ...more
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Not sure why it took so long to read this book ... not a thriller, but I related to the history it was revealing and enjoyed the descriptions of Mamie. She was never one of my favorites during our lifetimes together because if felt she was "stuck up." So it was nice to read this book and see her from another perspective ... Her granddaughter's or daughter-in-law's. The revelation I had was the way the generals and presidents were treated during that time compared to my impression of how they are ...more
Catherine Onyemelukwe
Not thrilled with book. Discussed it with Mount Holyoke alum book group last night. Several felt the same - interesting, parts rather tedious. For me, more than I wanted to know about the wife of an army man. Susan Eisenhower's love for her grandmother came through loud and clear. ...more
Read because General Eisenhower was Supreme Commander in Europe, I serving under General Paton in the 76th Infantry Division, 85 Regiment, Headquarters Company as radio and telegraph operator.
Further, Ike was President of Columbia University from 1948 through 1952 while in June 1948 I earned my graduate degree in Librarianship.

"The story of how a saucy young lady from Denver, Mamie Doud Eisenhower, meets her match in handsome Ike Eisenhower, a farm boy fresh out of West Point, and becomes the Ar
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan did a beautiful job of painting a picture of her grandmother! Mamie Eisenhower was a First Lady before the prevalence of 24 hour news cycles so she really was a mystery to most of Americans. People only saw her in planned photo ops. She was in fact a spirited interesting woman.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maryellen Donahue
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I hadn't read anything about Mamie Eisenhower. It was interesting from the granddaughter's point of view. ...more
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book and the pages of our history and the people that graced it. I remember my mom being very impressed with mamie as our first lady. Their was no one like her Mamie. As though she owned her or a piece of her. I found myself at the time thinking well, maybe but those bangs! It was so lovely to see Mamie from the eyes of her family and those she loved and loved her. She had such inner strength that I soon discovered what it was my mom found so likeable in her. Suddenly th ...more
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an very interesting book. Eisenhower was president when I was growing up and I remember campaigning against him for Goldwater. Mamie was a true lady and such an amazing woman thrown into a world of military life where she was at first truly a fish out of water and not able to even boil water. I enjoyed reading about her life and their life together. He was not an easy man to live with.

Toward the end I got tired of the military focus but loved the life stories from Mamie and her family.
Belinda Willmoth
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend this biography for anyone with a loved one in the military or in any government service. Especially a soldier’s or officer’s spouse. And what an endearing love story! Precious couple.
A terrific account of WW1-post WW2 American History as well. I read (parts of) this with my kids.
Mary Beth
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. A lot of information beyond Mrs. Eisenhower's life. ...more
Amanda Metzger
It was a lovely memoir by a granddaughter. It is hard to imagine that such an amazing life was lived and that it can be summarized in a single book
Elizabeth Wiebe
Good but sooo long
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this.
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book about an amazing couple. Learned a great deal. Glad to fill myself in on a bit of our history and the people that made it.
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katy by: Kim B
This book was fabulous!! I learned so much about Mamie and greatly admire her.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 100 pages in. Same story at a new post got old. Eisenhower didn't really seem to have his wife's best interest at heart. Got sick of hearing about that guy. ...more
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Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this biography very much - it was an interesting timepiece.
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SUSAN EISENHOWER, one of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's four grandchildren, is a consultant, author, and a Washington, DC-based policy strategist with many decades of work on national security issues. She lectures widely on such topics, including strategic leadership. ...more

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