Bret Baier, Fox News Channel's chief political anchor and host of the #1 rated Special Report with Bret Baier, has a riveting new book coming next year, Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission, that inspects the final three days of Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency. We're extremely excited to share a guest post Bret has written specially for you. Enjoy!
I am pleased to tell you about my new book, Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission—a dramatic historical narrative of the critical days between Eisenhower’s farewell address on January 17, 1961 and John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address on January 20, 1961. In the process I describe the reasons Eisenhower meant so much to the nation—and why he is still relevant today.
During the years I worked on this book, I had the privilege of spending time with the librarians and archivists at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas. Their knowledge and dedication are an inspiration to me. But then, librarians have been making an impression on me since I was a child growing up in Georgia.
Eisenhower would have agreed with this sentiment. From his early years he was a voracious reader, a fact he often spoke about. Although the Abilene Public Library wasn’t officially opened until he was eighteen (in 1908), there was a makeshift library in town for much of his youth—thanks to the ladies of Abilene, who raised money and set up a small library in a rented room. As president, Eisenhower expressed his appreciation for the vital work of public libraries by signing the first bill to provide support for them in 1956.
He believed in your contribution, as do I. So it is a great honor for me to have Three Days in January available in libraries across the country.