Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission


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Bret Baier, the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Channel and the Anchor and Executive Editor of Special Report with Bret Baier, illuminates the extraordinary yet underappreciated presidency of Dwight Eisenhower by taking readers into Ike’s last days in power.

“Magnificently rendered. … Destined to take its place as not only one of the masterworks on Eisenhower, but as one of the classics of presidential history. … Impeccably researched, the book is nothing short of extraordinary. What a triumph!”—JAY WINIK, New York Times bestselling author of April 1865 and 1944

In Three Days in January, Bret Baier masterfully casts the period between Eisenhower’s now-prophetic farewell address on the evening of January 17, 1961, and Kennedy’s inauguration on the afternoon of January 20 as the closing act of one of modern America’s greatest leaders—during which Eisenhower urgently sought to prepare both the country and the next president for the challenges ahead.

Those three days in January 1961, Baier shows, were the culmination of a lifetime of service that took Ike from rural Kansas to West Point, to the battlefields of World War II, and finally to the Oval Office. When he left the White House, Dwight Eisenhower had done more than perhaps any other modern American to set the nation, in his words, “on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.”

On January 17, Eisenhower spoke to the nation in one of the most remarkable farewell speeches in U.S. history. Ike looked to the future, warning Americans against the dangers of elevating partisanship above national interest, excessive government budgets (particularly deficit spending), the expansion of the military-industrial complex, and the creeping political power of special interests. Seeking to ready a new generation for power, Eisenhower intensely advised the forty-three-year-old Kennedy before the inauguration.

Baier also reveals how Eisenhower’s two terms changed America forever for the better, and demonstrates how today Ike offers us the model of principled leadership that polls say is so missing in politics. Three Days in January forever makes clear that Eisenhower, an often forgotten giant of U.S. history, still offers vital lessons for our own time and stands as a lasting example of political leadership at its most effective and honorable.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062569059
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Series: Three Days Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 56,849
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bret Baier is the chief political anchor for Fox News Channel and the anchor and executive editor of Special Report with Bret Baier, seen five days a week on Fox News Channel. Before assuming the anchor role, Bret served as Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News Channel between 2006 and 2009. Prior to being named Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News Channel, Bret served as National Security Correspondent based at the Pentagon, reporting on military and national security affairs, as well as on defense, military policy and the intelligence community from 2001 to 2006. He reported from Iraq twelve times and Afghanistan thirteen times. In his career Bret has traveled the world with various administration dignitaries and military officials, reporting from seventy-four countries. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire, Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission, and Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love. He lives with his family in Washington, DC.

Catherine Whitney has written or collaborated on more than twenty-five books, including Framing a Life: A Family Memoir with Geraldine Ferraro and Guilty: The Collapse of Criminal Justice with the late Judge Harold J. Rothwax.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition xiii

Introduction: Finding Ike xv

Prologue: The Visit 1

Part 1 The Setting

1 The Measure of Ike 15

2 Ike in Command 42

3 A Nonpolitician in the Political Arena 61

4 Ike's Hidden Card 84

Part 2 The Speech

5 Farewell in Black and White 117

6 Intimacy and Interdependence 131

7 The Hostile Landscape 154

8 Dust to Dust 183

9 The Military-Industrial Complex 195

Part 3 The Final Mission

10 An Unknowable Successor 213

11 The Day Before 235

12 The Passage 247

13 A Spring Day at Camp David 258

The Last Word: 2017 287

Postscript 295

Acknowledgments 299

Appendix: Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation 301

Notes 309

Index 333

About the Author 351

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Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
NScottJtx More than 1 year ago
A powerful, well researched and gripping account of one of the most iconic presidents in US history. In this gripping account of transition of presidential power, during one of the most perilous times in our country's history, Baier brings to life the aspirations, hopes and concerns of a president in a generational shift in leadership to JFK. New insights, conflicts, concerns and drama leap off off the page in some never-before-covered aspects of presidential power. Baier's passion for the subject matter is evident in the writing, which for lovers of Presidential history, this book is a must-read. I predict that this work is destined become a definitive part of "the literature" on the Eisenhower presidency. It's parallels to today's presidential transition are stunning and instructive. You will not regret investing in this wonderful account of a great, oft-times underappreciated president,, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
MSmith035 More than 1 year ago
Well-written, insightful book that is as informative as it is entertaining. Very enjoyable read. Bret does an incredible job outlining the transition of power and the significant influence of Ike on our country. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Baier paints a great picture of the man and the important times. Quite enjoyable. Well done, sir.
EdwardRoberts12 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful walk down memory lane for me! 1960 was my first presidential-election vote, after just recently being discharged from the U.S. Army after serving nearly two years in Western Germany. As Bret Baier so clearly delineates, the 'New Frontier' slogan was all about throwing out the old and letting in the new. It was certainly an exciting time in spite of all the Cold War threats bouncing around at the time, to be later exacerbated by the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion that sent the newly-elected President Kennedy running to seek the 'old' president's advice and counsel. Bret Baier's writing style is crisp and extremely well -researched throughout the book and moves quickly from crisis to crisis providing background information from behind the scenes which I hadn't heard or seen before. It made me feel as if I were there participating in the discussions myself; that's how real the storytelling is during the entire length of the book. For example, by the following year, 1962, the relations between the U..S. and Russia very nearly exploded into WW3, as President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev played the dangerous game of 'chicken' over the Cuban Missile Crisis, just one month after I had been married. Yes, Bret Baier's compelling history of those early years of President Kennedy in office will recreate for you the scary rollercoaster ride that it hold on tight to your seat as you read it! I have one word for it: brilliant.
SharynR More than 1 year ago
excellent book, easy to read, taught me a lot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting but not a page burner
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light read, not sure all facts are spot on. Prefer the Jean Edward Smith version.