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Books by Susan Eisenhower

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How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions

This book is a retrospective of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s wartime and presidential leadership. Ike was a strategic leader who relied on a rigorous pursuit of the facts for decision-making. His talent for envisioning a whole, especially in the context of the long game, and his ability to see causes and various consequences, explains his success as Allied Commander and as President. After making a decision, he made himself accountable for it, recognizing that personal responsibility is the bedrock of sound principles. How Ike Led is part leadership book, part history, and part memoir, with new insights on the man that only a family member could offer.

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St Martin’s Publishing Group (August 11, 2020)
ISBN: 1250238773

Praise for How Ike Led 

“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

“A well-written reflection on one of the most significant American presidents. The compelling substance of How Ike Led is enhanced by the author’s sensitive style. It brings one of America’s most remarkable public figures into lasting focus.”

Henry A. Kissinger, U.S. Secretary of State 1973–1977

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

Mrs. Ike

Mrs. Ike is full of surprises and new documents, and it gives us a much fuller and fresher portrait of both Ike and Mamie than we have had before. Susan Eisenhower writes with sensitivity and insight about her grandmother and brings Mamie to life with fine vignettes and anecdotes. I learned a great deal that was new about Ike, too.

Ike and Mamie were married for a full half-century; for fifty years, except when he was off making war, they slept in the same bed. The marriage underwent such severe strains it seems almost a miracle that they stayed together, that their marriage grew steadily stronger, that they became a team, each drawing on the other’s strengths. Susan Eisenhower shows us how this was done. I am lost in admiration for both the subject and her grand-daughter biographer, and I recommend Mrs. Ike without reservation.”  

Stephen E. Ambrose, historian, and biographer of numerous books on Dwight D. Eisenhower

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (November 1, 1996)
ISBN: 0374215146

Paperback & Kindle Publisher: Ferrous Books (November 18, 2011)
ISBN: 0984684204

Breaking Free: A Memoir of Love and Revolution

This story chronicles the last years of the Soviet Union, bringing to life the rapidly changing events that shook the world.  Against this backdrop Susan Eisenhower tells the story of how she met and fell in love with one of that country’s leading scientists, Dr. Roald Sagdeev, who was also a leader of the USSR’s nascent reform and democracy movement.

Susan Eisenhower has written an elegant and captivating book, interweaving romantic memoir and the inner history of one of the century’s most important moments. With great skill and poignancy, she has captured a period which thankfully now seems remote in time, that required her and millions of others to make brutal choices of both head and heart.

Michael Beschloss, Historian author of, among others, The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev 1960–1963

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 1st edition (June 1, 1995)
ISBN: 0374262462


Partners in Space: U.S.-Russian Cooperation After the Cold War

Partners in Space book cover

Partners in Space: U.S.-Russian Cooperation After the Cold War explores the lessons learned by the United States during the International Space Station program. By tracing the diplomatic economic and commercial origins of the US-Russian partnership, it tells the story of how the world’s two great space powers overcame their Cold War rivalry to construct humanity’s greatest engineering achievement.

Susan Eisenhower’s contribution: Authored the introduction, wrote and compiled the text which comprises nearly 300 interviews with individuals involved in this period of U.S.-Russian collaboration in space.

Publisher: The Eisenhower Institute (November 1, 2004)
ISBN: 0974439401

The Making of a Soviet Scientist: My Adventures in Nuclear Fusion and Space From Stalin to Star Wars

A memoir of Dr. Roald Sagdeev, space scientist

An eminent international scientist who was at the pinnacle of the Soviet scientific community provides insights into how the scientific community was a ‘hostage to politics,’ used to foster the objectives of the Communist party, and describes his own struggle to do honest work among the powerful space barons and military tsars.

Robert S. McNamara, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, 1961-1968

This autobiography casts light on the little known and very important corners of the former Soviet Union. It reflects on the author’s lucidity, humor and sound judgement.” 

Dr. Carl Sagan, astronomer/planetary scientist and author of many books, including Cosmos and Contact

This is a powerful yet charming account of the Soviet Union’s scientific, space, and military enterprise, characterized by Sagdeev’s frank and insightful style mixed with delightful humor and humanity.

Charles H. Townes, Nobel Laureate in Physics, University of California, Berkeley

Susan Eisenhower’s contribution: Co-authored with Dr. Roald Sagdeev this retelling of Sagdeev’s education and career as a renowned Soviet physicist.

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1st edition (April 20, 1994)
ISBN: 0471020311


American General: The Life and Times of William Tecumseh Sherman

By John S.D. Eisenhower

The blood and thunder of the Civil War comes alive in John Eisenhower’s American General, a brilliantly written and researched biography of William Tecumseh Sherman. Eisenhower’s delineation of Sherman’s Scorched Earth strategy is a must read. Highly recommended!

Douglas Brinkly, Professor of History at Rice University , CBS News Historian and NYTs Bestselling author of The Wilderness Warrior

Susan Eisenhower’s contribution: Wrote the introduction, edited and brought this book to publication after the passing of the book’s author, military historian John S.D. Eisenhower. 

Publisher: New American Library (NAL); 1st edition (October 7, 2014)
ISBN: 0451471350

Publisher and Editor

Mabuhay: Coming of Age in the Philippines

By John S.D. Eisenhower

A charming story of a young John Eisenhower in the period just before the war broke out in Asia and later Europe. The photos were taken by the author in 1934-1935, including pictures of his father, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and mother Mamie Eisenhower during their posting in the Philippines.

Susan Eisenhower’s contribution: Edited and published this memoir of John S.D. Eisenhower’s youth in the Philippines.

Publisher: Ferrous Books (January 1, 2012)
ISBN: 0984684220

Islam and Central Asia: An Enduring Legacy or an Evolving Threat?

Clerics, historians, scholars and journalists from the region and beyond offer wide-ranging perspectives on the re-birth of Islam, a post-Soviet phenomenon that is as significant for the future of Eurasia as it is misunderstood in the West. 

Susan Eisenhower’s contribution: Shaped the content and edited the book.

Publisher: The Eisenhower Institute (June 1, 2000)
ISBN: 0967023327

Nato at Fifty: Perspectives on the Future of the Atlantic Alliance

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The thought-provoking and challenging presentations in this book define the essential debate necessary to ensure NATO makes the right decisions for its continued success as the backbone of European security.

Senator Pat Roberts, Republican – Kansas

Susan Eisenhower’s contribution: Selected the contributors, wrote the introduction, and edited the volume.

Publisher: The Eisenhower Institute; 1st edition (April 19, 1999)
ISBN: 0967023300


Thinking Beyond War: Civil-Military Relations and Why America Fails to Win the Peace

By Isaiah Wilson

Why was there a deliberate plan to fight the war in Iraq but none to win the peace? This question, which has caused such confusion and consternation among the American public and has been the subject of much political wrangling, is the focus of Isaiah Wilson’s investigation. Wilson points to a flaw in the government’s definition of when, how, and for what reasons the United States intervenes abroad.

Susan Eisenhower’s contribution: Senator Jack Reed and Susan Eisenhower provided the introductions.

Publisher: Palgrave (2007, updated version 2013)
ISBN: 1137344423

Snakes: An Anthology of Serpent Tales

This anthology, edited and introduced by Willee Lewis, with a forward written by George Plimpton, is a collection of contemporary stories together with a selection of writings by a number of literary figures regarding one of humankind’s most disliked creatures, the snake.

Susan Eisenhower’s contribution: Wrote a chapter of the book in which she tells her own humorous, personal story about snakes.

Publisher: M. Evans and Company, Inc (August 28, 2003)
ISBN: 1590770080

Nato Enlargement: Illusions and Reality

Expanding NATO—and thus transforming the world’s strongest military alliance—is the most significant shift in American Foreign policy in recent years. This intelligent book provides a sustained and comprehensive critique of enlargement. Advocates of enlargement must respond to it, and all interested Americans must read it.

Fareed Zakaria, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

Susan Eisenhower’s contribution: Authored “Part Two: NATO Enlargement and Russia’s Relations with the West. The Perils of Victory”.

Publisher: CATO Institute (1998)