How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Decisions
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Join us for a conversation with Susan Eisenhower on her latest book in an interview with DACOR member Tom Brannan.
How Ike Led 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.
Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of America’s 34th President, is the author of a new book, How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions, published in 2020 by St. Martin’s Press. Her latest book, her fifth, has been described as both timely and insightful – a retrospective of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s wartime and presidential leadership.
Ms. Eisenhower has devoted 30 years of her life to foreign policy issues. She is president and chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. (EGI), a Washington D.C. based consulting company founded in 1986 to provide strategic counsel on business development, public affairs, and communications projects both in the U.S. and abroad. For the last fifteen years, she has focused mainly on energy issues.
She is past president and now chairman emeritus at the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College and previously served as a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and as a distinguished fellow at the Nixon Center, now the Center for National Interest.
Over the years, Ms. Eisenhower has served as a member of three blue ribbon commissions for the Department of Energy dealing with nuclear energy and nuclear non-proliferation issues in both the U.S. and Russia. She is currently a member of MIT’s Energy Initiative Advisory Board and former co-chairman of the Secretary of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Council.