Seemingly unaware that some people might view such legerdemain as a lapse in his world-renowned personal character, Eisenhower later reminisced about the episode as if it were a youthful picaresque caprice.
I can't decide whether this sentence is really beautiful or unbearably pretentious.
English has been atrophying since it moved to the British Isles. Have you ever read/listened to "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue" by John McWhorter? It shows a great evolution of, as well as the "why" of the English Language - why it does the weird things it does that no other germanic (or latin based) language does.