My current work-in-progress is a biographical novel called The General's Women, about Eisenhower's driver/aide Kay Summersby, the general's wife Mamie, and the general. The research has turned up some fascinating bits. Here's an example. The photo above is the "official" photo of Eisenhower holding the two pens used to sign the German surrender. Brushed out of the picture: Kay Summersby, who is actually standing in the second row, second from the left. You can see her in this photo:
The two photos are a metaphor for Kay Summersby, who was carefully brushed out of Eisenhower's life after the war. The affair threatened to become an issue in the 1952 presidential campaign, both in the runup to the GOP nominating convention (when Ike was competing with Robert A. Taft for the nomination) and again in the general election campaign. At issue: Eisenhower's letter to his boss, Army Chief of Staff General Marshall, saying he wanted to divorce Mamie and marry Kay, and Marshall's blistering reply. Ike changed his mind--and changed history.
Reading note: Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.― Oscar Wilde