Veteran journalist Frank presents groundbreaking narrative of the relationship between Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon – from the politics that divided them to the marriage that united their families. Frank’s book Ike and Dick relates much that occurred out of public view, such as the sensitive discussions among senior staffers concerned about Nixon’s proper role when Eisenhower suffered illnesses that might have incapacitated him. Based on deep archival research and interviews with dozens of men and women who knew and worked with both men, including family members, it offers fresh views of Nixon, the striving tactician, and Eisenhower, the legendary general, a distant man with a warm smile, who could, and did, make Nixon’s life miserable.
Jeffrey Frank was a senior editor at The New Yorker and the deputy editor of the Washington Post's Outlook section and is the author of four novels, including the "Washington Trilogy"-The Columnist, Bad Publicity, and Trudy Hopedale. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Diana. They have one son.
Jeffrey Frank, senior editor at The New Yorker and author of "Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage," talks about how civil rights factored into Richard Nixon's politics as vice president under Eisenhower and when he ran against Kennedy in 1960.