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Special book by Dwight Eisenhower

John AndersonJanuary 17, 2018

Kansas State University alumnus and donor Richard D. Rees has presented a special book by Dwight D. Eisenhower to Kansas State University, K-State Libraries and the university’s president and first lady, Richard and Mary Jo Myers. Rees made the gift in memory of his late parents, Leonard and Beatrice Rees, who were K-Staters. Eisenhower wrote “Crusade in Europe” in 1948, a few years before he was elected president. Only 1,426 copies of the book were printed, with the first 25 copies bound in leather with a slipcase reserved for Eisenhower to give to family and friends. The volume Rees gifted has a tremendous importance to Kansas State University: It is No. 7 and is the copy Eisenhower presented to Milton Eisenhower, his youngest brother and the president of the university from 1943-1950. Inside the book, which is now part of K-State Libraries’Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections, Eisenhower wrote: “For Milton and Helen – In the realization that if I could have had the help of Milton in preparing this work its value, if any, would have been multiplied for every reader. With lasting devotion and affection from their brother. Ike.” In addition to the book’s provenance as a volume from Milton Eisenhower’s personal library, its military subject matter and connection to Abilene also make the gift a meaningful one. “Crusade in Europe” chronicles Dwight Eisenhower’s experiences in World War II, where the five-star general served as the supreme commander of the Allied expeditionary forces. Myers also enjoyed a distinguished military career as a four-star Air Force general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Rees’ parents and Mary Jo Myers are all from Abilene, the Eisenhowers’ hometown. And finally, Richard Myers and Milton Eisenhower are the only Kansas State University alumni to serve as presidents of the university.

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