Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission

Young Readers’ Edition

Written by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney

After a lifetime of dedication to the military, Eisenhower is finally convinced to run for president. After eight years as the President of the United States, years that some people would describe as the good old days of peace, Eisenhower is preparing to help transition John F. Kennedy into the presidency.

After reading Three Days at the Brink about FDR during World War II, one of our 5th graders found it a little more difficult to get interested in this story. There is a lot of interesting information in this book, but for a boy looking for exciting war stories, this was a lot more peaceful than he was expecting considering the subject. It does shed light on Eisenhower’s Farewell Address and its importance in history, as well as the wisdom he shared with the incoming Kennedy administration.

I found this much more interesting than our 5th grader did. But since World War II books are popular at our school, I will hope this will fill a hole in our nonfiction section about after the war was over. Well researched and written. I have more respect for Eisenhower than before I read this book.

Reviewed by Merri Rygg, Media Clerk, Truman Elementary
Reviewed in January 2021
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 5-12

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission (Young Readers’ Edition)
Written by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
240 pages
Release Date: December 23, 2019
ISBN: 9780062915344
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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