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Living through Eisehower

            My book report is on Dwight David Eisenhower. In John Gunther's book Eisenhower he explains General Dwight D. Eisenhower's life story from child to Presidency campaigning. .
             In his early life, the book told about Eisenhower was the third son of David and Ida Stover Eisenhower. He was born in 1890 in Denison, Texas, and named David Dwight Eisenhower, although he was known as Dwight David. In 1891, the family moved to Abilene, Kansas, where three more sons were born. It was a typical small town, located on the prairie in the middle of the nation. Eisenhower's father was stern, but his mother was warm and loving. They were both deeply religious. The family read the Bible and prayed each night; Sundays were devoted to church services. They planted in their sons a lifelong commitment to duty, responsibility, and honesty. In high school, he was an athletic star, excelling as an outfielder in baseball and a tackle in football. Sports were his obsession, to the exclusion of any other diversion. He was only an average student except in his favorite subject, which was history. Both Eisenhower and his older brother Edgar wanted to attend college, but the family could not afford the tuition. The brothers agreed to work alternate years, with the brother who was working paying the fees of the one attending school. In the fall of 1909, Eisenhower went to work at the creamery where his father worked and was able to send Edgar more than $200. In 1910 Eisenhower learned that he could get a free college education if he could get an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He had no particular desire to be a soldier, but studied hard for the competitive West Point entrance exam and won the appointment in 1911. At West Point Eisenhower was an average student. He was active in sports but had to quit the football team when he injured his knee. He almost resigned, but his roommate convinced him to finish his education.

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