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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.


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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.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Koren

    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 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 wife. Much has been written about his presidency and here mostly the high points are mentioned, which was nice. I was born during the Eisenhower years, so I do not have a personal remembrance of them, so it was nice to learn more about those years.

  2. 5 out of 5

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    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 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 extremely loyal and supportive of him. There are pages of photos from different stages of their lives which were fascinating to me. I came away from this book with the feeling that our country has fallen a long way from the moral, hard working, family loving ways of the Eisenhowers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marylou

    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 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 treated now ... especially while Ike was in the Army. Interesting book with lots of good history! Wonder how John Eisenhower is doing now!

  5. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David

    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 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 Army wife par excellence. They were two very passionate and private people whose 53-year marriage, much of it lived in the public eye, survived great tragedies, misunderstandings, and adventures - and led to glowing triumphs in World War II and the White House. Mrs. Ike is not only a biography of a beloved American but a superb account of a complex marriage. Susan Eisenhower helps readers see her grandmother as her husband did - a heroic and irresistible figure in her own right."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Excellent!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maryellen Donahue

    I hadn't read anything about Mamie Eisenhower. It was interesting from the granddaughter's point of view. I hadn't read anything about Mamie Eisenhower. It was interesting from the granddaughter's point of view.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    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 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 the charm of her bangs became endering and I couldn't imagine why I didn't like them all along. She had her own beautiful style that she never strayed from in her life time. I am glad to ahve read this book and hope others find it lovely too.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Belinda Willmoth

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    Very well written. A lot of information beyond Mrs. Eisenhower's life. Very well written. A lot of information beyond Mrs. Eisenhower's life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    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

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Wiebe

    Good but sooo long

  16. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    Loved this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    This book was fabulous!! I learned so much about Mamie and greatly admire her.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aria

    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. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    sandra angelo

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Krista

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Houghtby-haddon

  24. 5 out of 5

    Patrick O'Donnell

  25. 5 out of 5

    William Lybrand

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I liked this biography very much - it was an interesting timepiece.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lori Maranville

  28. 5 out of 5

    marie stoner

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sue

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

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