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Ike Books

Peter: I’m not the guy who has read a dozen Eisenhower books and can authoratively name the best, but I can say this — the two-volume biography by Stephen Ambrose is pretty good. He also distilled it into a one-volume treatment. Or if you just want a book on Ike the president, then stick to volume 2. Also, the book that is often regarded as beginning to shift the conventional wisdom on Eisenhower — from detached golfer to clever string-puller — is The Hidden-Hand Presidency, by Fred Greenstein.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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