My Summer Reading

August 30, 2012

“Eisenhower – The White House Years,” By Jim Newton

Eisenhower bookMy summer reading relates mostly to a lot of murder mysteries, but I do try and include some history and current topics.  I recently read, Eisenhower, The White House Years, by Jim Newton.  In the past, I’ve read a lot of books about Eisenhower’s life, especially his commanding role in the Second World War. But, this is the first book I’ve read on his presidency.  Like many, I remember his great smile, his love of golf and bridge, but I know little about his performance as President.

I did know that he was the author and promoter of the interstate highway system, which we enjoyed as we expanded our hotel business around the country.  But I knew very little about Ike’s foreign policy challenges.  When he was confronted with difficult world leaders, Ike’s military and foreign policy advisers seemed to constantly want to “nuke ‘em.”  Whether it was a small bomb or a big one, there was constant pressure on the President to go nuclear. 

Jim Newton said his military leaders pressured him to use nukes to end the Korean War, to save the French garrison at Dien Bien Phu, to repel Chinese aggression against Taiwan or even Soviet threats to Taiwan.  In all cases, he refused.  He had seen the horrors of war and was not about to start another.  His presidency was, therefore, marked by eight years of peace.

Author Newton wrote that Eisenhower had a strong belief in the free enterprise system.  He did not believe that government should substitute for individual initiative.  He was compassionate and served unbound by partisanship.  He won approval of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, allowing black Americans the right to join our society.  He was a much more active president in many areas than most people believed and left America more prosperous and free from war.

I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.  Leave a comment and let me know what books you read this summer.

I’m Bill Marriott, and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.

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sir u really work hard ,because of that only marriott is wow now a days.i am also working with of luck n congratulations for always our success.

i love to read and like your self i love murder mystery, i also love books written by janet evanovich, such as one for the money

Before I share what I read this summer, I'd like to say that I really enjoy your blog. The topics are fascinating and the writing is simple. It has been a joy to read. This summer I read Sons of Chamelot. It's a haunting biography on the Kennedy family. I highly recommend it.

We need this kind of president to be elected this year. I wonder if any of these presidential candidates read these kind of books from successful presidents to get guidance on what they do.

Hello, Mr. Marriott:
My summer reading usually tends toward the thriller genre, as well. But coincidentally, I've taken up a historical novel, albeit a slightly fictionalized one. Reading "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel, about Thomas Cromwell, back in the 16th century. Cromwell has always been painted as a conniving and completely unsympathetic character, but this novel approaches him from his life as a family man (so far, I'm only about half way through) and as an advisor to both King Henry VIII and the Cardinal who opposed his marriage to Anne Boleyn. In this re-telling of his story, Cromwell comes off as a bit severe, but mostly a very reasonable and likable man.
It really is very interesting, if only to gain an insight into how differently governments worked back then. If you find yourself with some free time, I'd suggest checking it out.
Have a wonderful summer!

hi bill,
thanks for the nice review on jim newton's book will definately look into it seems like a very informative read. we've had a very wet summer here in cork so have been spending a lot of time with books. on a lighter note its about time we had the pleasure of meeting you in person here in cork. let cork be the first GRCSS that you visit and of course it goes without say what a lovely and beutiful place ireland is and the people make it even come visit us soon.

A good short read is Richard Sasso's "Unselfish World" (President MSC Cruises)

Dear Bill
I enjoyed reading your blog. President Eisenhower followed in the great footsteps of President Grant and President Washington. From the American Revolution to the Civil War and World War II these great leaders have emerged from Battle to lead our country into Peace.
I read the Book "Sherman the Fighting Prophet" by Lloyd Lewis
copyright 1932 and Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman by Himself
volume I copyright 1875 over the past six months. I did not know that as a young army officer Sherman served at many duty stations in the South. He resigned from the Army because General Scott had a preference for promoting mostly officers from the South. Sherman was born in Ohio. His father was an Ivy League educated lawyer who died when Sherman was a young man. His foster father was Thomas Ewing who worked in the salt mines of virginia to pay for his education. Thomas Ewing father fought as an officer in the Revolution. When Sherman was clearing trees from his lots in Missouri he sold wood to a peddler who resembled classmate of his at West Point. As it turned out it was US Grant who also had resigned his commission from the army after distinguishing himself in the Mexican Wars..
Lloyd Lewis book is very compelling history and it shows that Sherman's main goals were to save the Union. Even though he was very famous after the war and the major political party wanted to draft him to run for President, he declined all offers and stated the newpapers would accuse him of murdering his grandmother even though she had died before he was born. During the Civil War there was only one person who could get away with disobeying his orders. This was a Nurse named Maryann Bickerdyke who mangaged the battlefield hospitals in many battles from Shiloh, Vicksburg ,to Atlanta, Savanah, andColumbia. There is a smal navy ship named after her but from what I read she deserves much more credit because over 675,000 died during the Civil war. more than all of our wars combined..

I read Steve Jobs biography and found him a fascinating person. His attention to detail regarding design is a trait that would be well for all to emulate in all areas of life.