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Ike's Irish Lover: The Echo of a Sigh by [Wood, Kieron]
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Five stars for this account of the unlikely relationship between Kay Somersby and her boss, five-star General Dwight D Eisenhower. I was hooked from the opening line - "They were all at it."
Kay hailed from Ballydehob in Country Cork, and drove ambulances during WW2 in the Blitz in London before being assigned as a chauffeur to senior American military personnel. Born Kathleen Helen MacCarthy-Morrogh, she was married to a British officer when she met Ike. While their friendship deepened she got engaged to an American officer who was killed during the north Africa campaign. She travelled everywhere with Ike, and they seemed to have enjoyed a five star lifestyle while the bombs dropped and soldiers fell everywhere.
This deeply researched book did wonders for the gaps in my history of this period. An enlightening read, which kept me engrossed throughout.
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lovely story amazing lady, I think this was a different time and America wanted their heroes to be squeaky clean even though they knew they were not, also this was war time and these things happened then , of course the family denied this they would
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A very readable and well-informed book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study of Kay Summersby and the Eisenhower relationship 30 Aug. 2016
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Excellent study of Kay Summersby and the Eisenhower relationship, based chiefly on Eisenhower Was My Boss, with supportive background research in Summersby's personal/family life, in the Eisenhower library archives, and in Kay's post-war life. A valuable addition to the work on an important relationship that kept Eisenhower going through tough times. "Leave Ike and Kay alone," Major General Everett Hughes told one of Ike's staffers. "She's helping him win the war." She did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect fit. Highly recommend product and seller 8 Jun. 2016
By John J. Woginrich Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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perfect fit.
Highly recommend product and seller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kieron Wood, latest Irish Genius Author. 26 Oct. 2015
By Frank Fahy - Published on Amazon.com
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For one who rarely reads a book, it is the very first time in my life that I have not been able to drag myself away from this scrupulously detailed book. Brilliantly written in a manner that does not allow my mind to stray for a moment. It is a fascinating insight to the world of Ike Eisenhower and Kay Summersby and I am very proud and delighted to have been of some little assistance to this brilliant author.
Frank Fahy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where was "the latest evidence"? 1 April 2016
By Alabama Anglophile - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is disappointing in two areas. First, despite the Amazon description that it would contain "the latest evidence," no new information was presented concerning the relationship between Eisenhower and Summersby. The book is a rehash, albeit a skillful one, of long-published information about the two, as well as their participation in WWII.

Second, and most concerning to me, is the fact that many of their alleged shared intimate moments, as well as Eisenhower's alleged romantic remarks to Summersby were not attributed. In fact, their source was her second "autobiography", "Past Forgetting", the accuracy of which is questionable because Summersby died before having the opportunity to review the ghost written first draft. Allegedly she dictated much of it, but she was in great pain at the time due to her cancer. What would have been helpful would be an opportunity to review the tapes to determine what they contain, and whether Ms. Summersby's voice quality gave any indication of her mental lucidity at the time.

Some examples of unattributed information are as follows:

(1) the two tailored suits spat in North Africa which they resolve by falling into each other's arms with passionate kissing;

(2) Stolen moments in his Algerian villa where he tells her he loves her;

(3) The late evening flight to Cairo on 11/24/1943 of stolen kisses;

(4) Eisenhower questioning Summersby about her willingness to have a baby; and

(5) Eisenhower sneaking little notes to her, but stating she needn't do the same because "Every time you look at me, I see a love letter in your eyes."

Whatever their relationship, it appeared to benefit Eisenhower more than Summersby during a time when he was shouldering unprecedented responsibility, and for that we Baby Boomers should be immensely grateful to her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un-put-downable 27 Oct. 2015
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A really interesting, well researched insight into the true relationship between Eisenhower and Summersby.
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