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Washburn University First-year Students Are Reading “Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World” by Louis Galambos

Topeka, Kan. – Every year faculty and staff from Washburn’s Mabee Library select a book for all first-year students and the community as a whole to read as part of the Washburn University iRead program. This year, the Washburn community is reading “Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World” by Louis Galambos. Faculty and staff from the Mabee Library introduced first-year students to the book at summer orientation events and encouraged them to read the book before classes started. During the fall 2019 semester, students will read this book in disciplines ranging from English to WU101, a first-year experience class. 

     “Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World” follows the career of Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower and explores the shifts in Eisenhower’s identity and reputation over his lifetime, and explains how he developed his distinctive leadership skills. On D-Day, Eisenhower guided the largest amphibian force in history to a successful invasion of France and a decisive victory. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, he turned to politics and won the 1952 presidential election.

     Galambos is a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and the editor of The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower. He is an author and co-author of more than a dozen books including “The Creative Society – and the Price Americans Paid for It,” “Competition and Cooperation: The Emergence of a Modern Trade Association,” and “America at Middle Age:  A New History of the United States in the Twentieth Century.” He earned the 2019 Kansas Notable Book Award for “Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World” from the Kansas State Library.

     Author Louis Galambos will visit the Washburn campus September 17, 2019 to speak about the book with first-year students. All students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to this free, iRead lecture.

    “The iRead program supports the university’s vision of ‘student-centered, teaching-focused’ learning and is a collaborative campus initiative,” said Dr. Alan Bearman, dean of university libraries and the Center for Student Success. “The entire community – on and off campus – is invited to read the annual iRead program book and take part in the discussion that will take place.”

    “Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World” is available to purchase in the Ichabod Shop in the Memorial Union, on the Washburn University campus.

    “The iRead program was established in 2007 to bring students, faculty, staff and community members together to read and discuss a common book, and has become one of the premier events at Washburn,” said Sean Bird, associate dean of university libraries and the Center for Student Success and Retention. “This helps us think about our roles as life-long learners and citizens.”


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