The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

Kobo ebook | April 17, 2012

byNancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy

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The first history of the private relationships among modern American presidents—their backroom deals, rescue missions, secret alliances, and enduring rivalries.

The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. Among their secrets: How Jack Kennedy tried to blame Ike for the Bay of Pigs. How Ike quietly helped Reagan win his first race in 1966. How Richard Nixon conspired with Lyndon Johnson to get elected and then betrayed him. How Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter turned a deep enmity into an alliance. The letter from Nixon that Bill Clinton rereads every year. The unspoken pact between a father and son named Bush. And the roots of the rivalry between Clinton and Barack Obama.

Journalists and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy offer a new tool to understand the presidency by exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.

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The first history of the private relationships among modern American presidents—their backroom deals, rescue missions, secret alliances, and enduring rivalries. The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience...

Nancy Gibbs is the deputy managing editor of TIME magazine and coauthor with Michael Duffy of the New York Times bestsellers The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House and The Presidents Club Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:April 17, 2012Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1439148716

ISBN - 13:9781439148716

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An outstanding read One of the best presidential-focused books out there. The stories are illuminating and even those who live and breath politics will learn quite a bit. The authors are very fair in their portrayals of the presidents. I sensed no bias reading through the book. For example, Reagan receives perhaps the most harsh portrayal (flash over substance), but the section on Bush 41 is perhaps the most complimentary. This is one of my favorite books and I recommend it to any with even a tiny interest in US politics or history.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inside the people inside the White House An illuminating look at the modern presidency through the relationships between the men who held the office. As always Nixon is the most fascinating and complex of the lot -- no easy way to summarize either him or his presidency. The best stories are the friendship between Clinton and Bush 41 - funny and moving. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reader As a Canadian I have found this book a educational over view of the history of the US and their presidents. Well done. Wally.
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Topnotch Book! Well-written, fast-paced, entertaining and anectodal book about the inter-relationships between Presidents. The chapters involving Harry Truman and Eisenhower were especially entertaining and Nixon was way too intense. Despite its length, the book is a quick read. Loved it!
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Presidents Club Great read and insight rarely seen about the former Presidents.
Date published: 2013-07-07