On Sale: March 7, 2017
Featuring: Mamie Eisenhower; Kay Summersby; Dwight Eisenhower
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A compelling story of love, betrayal, and ambition by New
York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert, The
General’s Women tells the story of two women--Kay Summersby
and Mamie Eisenhower—in love with the same man: General
Set during the chaotic years of World War II, The General’s
Women tells the story of the conflicted relationship between
General Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby, his Irish
driver/aide, and the impact of that relationship on Mamie
Eisenhower and her life in Washington during the war. Told
from three alternating points of view (Kay’s, Ike’s, and
Mamie’s), the novel charts the deepening of the relationship
as Ike and Kay move from England (1942) to North Africa
(1942-43) to England, France, and Germany before and after
the Normandy landing (1944-45). At the end of the war, Ike
is faced with the heart-wrenching choice between marrying
Kay and a political future.
The story continues into the post-war years, as Ike
(returning to Mamie) becomes Army Chief of Staff, president
of Columbia University, Supreme Commander of NATO, and
president of the United States. Kay, meanwhile, struggles to
create a life and work of her own, writing two memoirs: the
first (Eisenhower Was My Boss, 1948) about her war work with
Ike; the second (Past Forgetting, 1976) about their love
affair. An author’s note deals with the complicated question
of the truth of Kay’s story, as it finally appears in the
posthumously-published Past Forgetting.
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