Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat

Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat

by Michael Giorgione,


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The first insider account, timed to the 75th anniversary of Camp David

Camp David is American diplomacy's secret weapon. The home of the 2015 GCC and 2012 G8 summits, the 2000 Peace Summit, and the 1978 Peace Accords, the camp has played a vital role in American history over the past century, inviting Presidents and international leaders alike to converge, converse, and, perhaps most importantly, relax.

A peaceful mountaintop setting, crucially removed from the constant scrutiny of the press, Camp David has served as both a site of critical diplomacy and unparalleled tranquility. It is where President and Mrs. Reagan rode horses through the mountains, where Gerald Ford could take a moment to jump on a trampoline with his daughter, where Nixon rode shotgun with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, and where Jimmy Carter could find the ultimate flight-sledding-only to break his clavicle two weeks before the end of his tenure. Under the pressure and stress, it is easy to forget that those occupying the highest seat in the land are, at the end of the day, human but at Camp David, we finally get to see these leaders at their most vulnerable, their most unguarded, and as their most true selves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316509619
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 368,843
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(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

Acknowledgments 341

The Camp David Commanders 349

Notes 353

What People are Saying About This

New York Times bestselling author of The Residence and First Women - Kate Andersen Brower

"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."

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Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read that I would highly recommend to others. Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione takes you into the woods of Camp David to share the experiences of daily life at Camp David. It is truly an eye opening story to hear first hand of all the preparations that occur at the Camp. The necessary 24/7 responsibilities to ensure the president, family and dignataries have an enjoyable stay is amazing. What a nice insight for those on the outside to understand what makes Camp David so special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful telling of a part of presidential history That is unseen by General public. Made me feel like l was walking the grounds with the crew.
B-loNY More than 1 year ago
Almost like being there