John S.D. Eisenhower
Historian son of president
John S.D. Eisenhower, 91, the son of a five-star general turned president who forged his own career in the
No cause of death was given
John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower was born in Denver on Aug. 3, 1922, the second son of
Both father and son graduated from the
"My dad being an Army officer, I was just born to it," Eisenhower said in a C-SPAN interview in 1998.
Eisenhower taught English for three years at West Point, then volunteered for service during the
He served on his father's
"I can't get away from the military," Eisenhower told C-SPAN. "That's my readership. And I don't think I want to."
His books included "The Bitter Woods: The Battle of the Bulge" and "So Far From God: The U.S. War With Mexico, 1846-1848." He took the latter title from Mexican President Porfirio Diaz's lament: "Alas, poor Mexico! So far from God and so close to the United States!"
He also wrote a memoir about his father, "General Ike: A Personal Reminiscence," as well as a 2008 biography of
His marriage to Barbara Eisenhower ended in divorce. He is survived by his second wife, Joanne, and his four children: daughters Anne, Susan and Mary, and son David, who married
Times staff and wire reports