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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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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.