Journalist Jeffrey Frank explores the relationship between Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon and tells the history of two powerful and compelling figures in U.S. politics. His book Ike and Dick: A Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage traces the path of their relationship in a dangerous world and shows why Eisenhower, mortally ill and despite his doubts, supported Nixon’s final attempt to win the White House in 1968—a change influenced by the courtship of Nixon’s daughter by Eisenhower's grandson.
Long before Richard Nixon was president or he and Dwight D. Eisenhower were in-laws, the two were allies and adversaries. Their relationship lasted for 20 years, and brought out both the best and worst in each other. The story of their complicated relationship is told in the new book, "Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage." The author, Jeffrey Frank, is former senior editor of The New Yorker.