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Northwest Missouri State University


Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Oct. 21, 2011

Robert Dewhirst, Matthew Johnson author book about Dwight D. Eisenhower

By Brittany Keithley, media relations assistant

Robert Dewhirst

Robert Dewhirst

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

A new book by two Northwest Missouri State University faculty members explores the life of America’s 34th president, Dwight Eisenhower.

“Dwight D. Eisenhower: An American Icon” authored by Matthew Johnson, instructor of history, humanities, philosophy and political science, and Dr. Robert Dewhirst, professor of history, humanities, philosophy and political science, discusses Eisenhower’s early life in Kansas, his time at West Point and his Army career in both the United States and overseas in Philippines, Panama and Europe. The book also chronicles Eisenhower’s rise in rank while commanding American and allied forces in Europe during World War II. The second half of the book covers his time in the White House, scholarly assessments of his presidency and concludes with a summary of his life after his presidency.

Dewhirst and Johnson composed separate chronicles of the book with Johnson working on Eisenhower’s career before his presidency and Dewhirst covering the presidency and his life after.

“I teach a course on the presidency so I am always interested in presidents and what they do,” Dewhirst said. “We just hope people will take away an appreciation of him as a president and what he did.”

Developing the book together presented its own challenges that Johnson, as a first-time author, overcame.

“Time management was the greatest challenge for me while working on the project,” Johnson said. “With the patient prodding of Dr. Dewhirst, I was able to accomplish my portion of the book.”

Johnson added, “By far the coolest aspect of the project was the look on my son’s face when he saw my name on the cover. It took him a while to wrap his head around the idea that the guy that takes him fishing and makes him take out the trash has published a book.”

For more information about “Dwight D. Eisenhower: An American Icon” or to purchase the book click here.


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