This tribute to Mamie Eisenhower tells a story that housewives across the country have been waiting for. We follow the First Lady from the days when Ike courted her in the bosom of a loving family (which included a very jealous little sister) to the day she became First Lady of the land. There are the years in the States; then a post in Panama on Patton's recommendation; World War I; the late Thirties spent in the Philippines under MacArthur; World War II; SHAPE; the campaign for the Presidency. There are moments of levity -- as the young marrieds buy their first furniture; of tragedy -- when they lose their first son Icky; of sentiment -- when they return to San Antonio, on their twenty-fifth anniversary with Ike as Chief of the Third Army, and recall their first home there as newlyweds when he was a ""louie"". As an Army wife, constantly on the move, making a home wherever she goes, Mamie comes out with flying colors. Mrs. Brandon reports often on Mamie's geniality, her graciousness, her greatness -- the greatness of uncommon-commonness which both Eisenhowers possess and touch in others. No real intimacy of revelation here, but a story in terms that will appeal to wives and mothers particularly. Condensed version running in the Herald-Tribune currently.