The General’s Women
by Susan Wittig Albert
A compelling story of love, betrayal, and ambition by New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert, The General’s Women tells the story of two women--Kay Summersby and Mamie Eisenhower—in love with the same man: General Dwight Eisenhower.
When former fashion model Kay Summersby is assigned to drive General Dwight D. Eisenhower in war-time London, they quickly become involved. Kay and Ike struggle to keep their commitments but are increasingly and irresistibly drawn to one another, until Kay’s fiancé is killed and Ike—facing the most challenging battles of the war—makes her his closest aide, confidante, and lover. Back home in Washington, D.C., Mamie is fighting her own fierce battles: bitter jealousy, health problems, and a phobic dread of gossip. Ike’s letters are only tepidly reassuring; his wife knows he is involved with another woman and fears that her marriage is lost.
Susan Wittig Albert’s engrossing and deeply sympathetic novel is based on Kay’s memoirs, Ike’s letters, fellow officers’ wartime diaries, and extensive research in three decades of newspaper archives. Whatever you think you know about the Eisenhower saga, The General’s Women will surprise you.