The first-ever insider account of Camp David, the president's private retreat, on the seventy-fifth anniversary of its inception.
Never before have the gates of Camp David been opened to the public. Intensely private and completely secluded, the president's personal campground is situated deep in the woods, up miles of unmarked roads that are practically invisible to the untrained eye. Now, for the first time, we are allowed to travel along the mountain route and directly into the fascinating and intimate complex of rustic residential cabins, wildlife trails, and athletic courses that make up the presidential family room.
For seventy-five years, Camp David has served as the president's private retreat. A home away from the hustle and bustle of Washington, this historic site is the ideal place for the First Family to relax, unwind, and, perhaps most important, escape from the incessant gaze of the media and the public. It has hosted decades of family gatherings for thirteen presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama, including holiday celebrations, reunions, and even a wedding. But more than just a weekend getaway, Camp David has also been the site of private meetings and high-level summits with foreign leaders to foster diplomacy.
Former Camp David commander Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione, CEC, USN (Ret.), takes us deep into this enigmatic and revered sanctuary. Combining fascinating first-person anecdotes of the presidents and their families with storied history and interviews with commanders both past and present, he reveals the intimate connection felt by the First Families with this historic retreat.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione, CEC, USN (Ret.) has served a total of 29 years on active duty in the United States Navy and four years at the Naval Academy, retiring in 2010. He has served as the Commander of Camp David for President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, as well as working under the White House Military (WHMO) in the East Wing of the White House along with those in command of Air Force One, Marine One, Aides, and other White House Military. He is currently a much sought after speaker and educator throughout the United States and the world.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Into the Woods 3
Chapter 1 The Good Ship Shangri-La 29
Chapter 2 Reporting for Duty 59
Chapter 3 Living There 93
Chapter 4 Happy Campers 131
Chapter 5 The Spirit of Camp David 171
Chapter 6 The Lonely Sentry 201
Chapter 7 An Unusual Duty 223
Chapter 8 Pew One 251
Chapter 9 Guesthouse to the World 269
Chapter 10 Down the Mountain 291
Chapter 11 Changing of the Guard 305
Chapter 12 The True Meaning of Camp David 327
The Camp David Commanders 349
What People are Saying About This
"INSIDE CAMP DAVID gives a first-hand account of the president's most private retreat from an author who ran it. Camp David is part sanctuary, part office, and part vacation destination. Giorgione captures life at the exclusive retreat and offers a glimpse into the lives of presidents and their families when they're seeking a respite from the spotlight."