New Eisenhower biography examines a presidential legacy that is forever intertwined with the game of golf

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (June 28‚ 2007) — Whether you are fascinated by presidential history‚ dedicated to…

Georgia (Jun 28, 2007) — New Eisenhower biography examines a presidential legacy that is forever intertwined with the game of golf

Jennifer Hafer


Book talk and free breakfast event July 12

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (June 28‚ 2007) — Whether you are fascinated by presidential history‚ dedicated to the game of golf or interested in how the post WWII era of American culture defined its values‚ Dr. Catherine Lewis’ new book‚ “Don’t Ask What I Shot‚” has something for everyone.

In “Don’t Ask What I Shot: How Eisenhower’s Love of Golf Helped Shape 1950s America‚” Lewis takes a close look at Eisenhower’s passion for golf and the impact his dedication to the game had on our national culture. During Eisenhower’s two terms in office the commander in chief played nearly 800 rounds.

“I started out with no strong opinion about Eisenhower‚ but I fell in love with him‚” Lewis exclaims. “As a historian‚ you have to find a way to connect with your subject‚ and it was easy to connect with Ike because of his sense of humor and humility.”

In honor of Lewis’ latest book‚ Kennesaw State University’s athletics department‚ the College of Humanities and Social Science and the American studies program will host a book talk and breakfast Thursday‚ July 12‚ from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Convocation Center on the KSU campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Originally‚ I was thinking about writing a book on Bobby Jones and his relationship with Eisenhower‚” Lewis says. “They were friends‚ but it became clear Ike alone was the story‚ so what started out as a book about friendship became a book about how one man shaped the nation.”

Among the historical tidbits included in Lewis’ book:

• In addition to golf clubs‚ Eisenhower hit the links with a “doomsday” briefcase that held the codes to launch a nuclear attack;

• Secret Service agents carried golf bags outfitted with Thompson submachine guns;

• Eisenhower made 29 trips to Augusta National Golf Club as president‚ but he never attended the Masters‚ worried that his presence would distract the players.

“Ike considered Augusta National and other clubs‚ such as Burning Tree and Cherry Hills‚ extensions of the Oval Office‚” Lewis said. “He used the game as a practical way to build alliances‚ frequently inviting men from both sides of the aisle in Congress – especially those he was trying to influence – for a friendly game.”

Of the seven books she has authored or co−authored‚ Lewis said “Don’t Ask What I Shot” is by far her favorite.

“I feel like I’ve reintroduced the president to a new generation‚” she says.

For further information‚ or to schedule an interview‚ please contact the writer.


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