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.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|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
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."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Almost like being there