Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage
“…the two men’s relationship after the fund crisis had a dozen shifting dimensions, each of them now done narrative and analytical justice by Jeffrey Frank…, one of the best books ever written about Richard Nixon…Ike and Dick shows how much life remains in artfully straightforward narrative history. It’s done here with an old-fashioned sharpness of eye and a springiness of phrasing."
--Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker
“Engrossing…worthwhile…. At the heart of Ike and Dick are marvelously cringe-inducing anecdotes that capture an awkward relationship that improved over time without ever truly blooming.”
-- The Wall Street Journal
“Frank constructs a marvelous account of political history as well as astute portraits of the two men….the rich, inside-politics mix of rumor and maneuver in which connoisseurs of political history love to marinate.”
“Jeffrey Frank knows a good story when he sees one, or sees two….Ambition and hesitation, intrigue and indifference, scheming and serenity, infuse 31 chapters. His saga evokes the seamy underside of the sunny 1950s…..[A] detailed and charming history.”
--Martin F. Nolan, The San Francisco Chronicle
“Frank paces this deeply researched history like a novel, lending freshness even to well-told tales. ….. an absorbing and worthwhile book.”
----(Cleveland) Plain Dealer
“The elegant writing in this book reflects Frank’s skills as a political novelist and is several cuts above most historians’ prose. Both Eisenhower and Nixon appear here as three-dimensional characters.”
---Geoffrey Kabaservice, The New Republic
“…that rare and understatedly important book that suggests a subtle rethink, offering both the casual reader and the student of history a surprisingly candid and humane look at the national villain-in-chief, Richard Nixon. And just as significant, Frank helps to round out our portrait of Nixon’s venerable political mentor, the equally wily and fickle President Dwight D. Eisenhower….[A] carefully argued and nuanced book.”
--Charleston Post and Courier
"...a gracefully written, sober, and judicious book that manages to humanize both of its subjects while capturing the strange amorality of politics."
“Jeffrey Frank is a nimble writer with a clear-eyed understanding of power….[the book] … reveals the nuances of the complex relationship between Nixon and the man under whom he served as vice president, Dwight Eisenhower, nuances that should resonate with Republicans who are waging an internecine struggle over the future of their party…. thriller-like intensity.”
“Jeffrey Frank sorts through these layers of angst and irony with a skillful hand and a sense of empathy for the troubled man at his book's center.”
“Frank's exploration of the relationship is deeply researched, through extensive reading and interviews with some 70 people who were involved in the political scene of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon presidential years. It's also well-written, a straightforward narrative that moves steadily through time on a story arc that's studded with insider perspectives and with intimate and sometimes excruciating anecdotes.”
"This is superlative, compelling, can’t-put-it-down history. Jeffrey Frank is an elegant writer, with a novelist’s eye; the relationship between Eisenhower and Nixon, in all its complexity and weirdness, is a treasure chest that he unpacks brilliantly. This is the perfect time for us to reconsider the trajectory of the Republican Party in the late 20th century, and this book is a perfect way to do it.”
--Joe Klein, Time columnist
“To read this book is to be reminded of Richard Nixon’s singularly tortured character in all its cussedness and genius—and to learn anew of Dwight Eisenhower’s capacity for shrewd political cunning and often insouciant human coldness. Ike and Dick deeply textures our understanding of two outsized American personalities...and it’s full of delicious gossip, too.”
-- David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Freedom from Fear
“The mating of Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon was one of the strangest and most fateful in all of American political history. With psychological acuity and perfect pitch for the not-so-distant past, Jeffrey Frank has captured the story beautifully. Ike and Dick will surprise and greatly entertain as well as enlighten you.”
--Sean Wilentz, author of The Rise of American Democracy
“Ike and Dick is enthralling, innovative, and judicious. It rivets the reader. Jeffrey Frank knows Washington and national politics inside and out. He employs numerous interviews and recently declassified information superbly. In critical respects, and by using their own words with meticulous care, he peels away layers of disingenuousness from both men. The cast of characters, including indiscreet aides, ranges from bright red to shady gray.”
--Michael Kammen. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and past president of the Organization of American Historians.
“Throughout, Frank highlights the major events of the Eisenhower presidency, the following presidential elections and beyond, filtering them effectively through the lens of the Eisenhower-Nixon dynamic. The author does a fine job delineating the complex personalities of both men, and he provides novelistic touches befitting his background. … A well-researched and -written history that will satisfy both Eisenhower and Nixon aficionados.”
“This deeply researched account, which includes more than 60 author-conducted interviews, is the only complete book treatment of the enduring yet shaky political connection that guided the United States through some of the most critical decades of the Cold War.
"A novelist and former editor at the New Yorker and the Washington Post, Frank turns his attention to history with a very good result.... Nixon remains a chilly character, but Frank argues convincingly that he was intelligent, shrewd, and, regarding civil rights, more liberal than Eisenhower."