By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA
Susan Eisenhower, author of the new book “How Ike Led,” will speak about her grandfather and the nation’s 34th president during ARTBA’s National Convention.
She will appear at 11 a.m., Oct. 21, on the convention’s virtual platform. Register now.
Eisenhower’s presentation will include a question and answer opportunity. Copies of the book will be made available to attendees.
Subtitled “The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions,” the book distills Ike’s “enduring qualities of successful leadership,” including dedication to duty, sincerity, fairness, optimism, humility, patience and restraint, moderation and accountability, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates writes in a promotional blurb. “It is an inspirational book with lessons highly relevant and desperately needed for current and aspiring leaders, especially those in public life.”
Eisenhower (1890-1969) was a 2016 inductee to the ARTBA Foundation Hall of Fame for signing the law authorizing construction of the Interstate Highway System and creating the Highway Trust Fund to pay for it.
Susan writes in the book:
“Ike worried greatly about our road network and our airports becoming outdated and unable to handle the requirements of the modern era. He remembered well the 1919 Army Motor Corps convoy he was part of that traveled from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco. It took 62 days to cross the country–a “torturous” journey punctuated by 230 road incidents that included getting stuck on muddy unpaved roads and the repair of 88 wooden bridges that gave way. Eisenhower also recalled the key role the German autobahn had played during the war. The United States would need to be connected more efficiently if it was to prosper economically and defend the entire country in case of attack.”
(SUSAN EISENHOWER, Photo: Miranda Harple)