Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump

Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump

by Kate Andersen Brower

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Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Residence and First Women—also a New York Times bestseller—comes a poignant, news-making look at the lives of the five former presidents in the wake of their White House years, including the surprising friendships they have formed through shared perspective and empathy.

After serving the highest office of American government, five men—Jimmy Carter, the late George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama—became members of the world’s most exclusive fraternity. In Team of Five, Kate Andersen Brower goes beyond the White House to uncover what, exactly, comes after the presidency, offering a glimpse into the complex relationships of these five former presidents, and how each of these men views his place in a nation that has been upended by the Oval Office’s current, norm-breaking occupant, President Donald Trump.

With an empathetic yet critical eye and firsthand testimony from the Carters, Donald Trump, and the top aides, friends, and family members of the five former presidents, Team of Five takes us inside the exclusive world of these powerful men and their families, including the unlikely friendship between George W. Bush and Michelle Obama, the last private visits Bill Clinton and Barack Obama shared with George H.W. Bush, and the Obamas’ flight to Palm Springs after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Perhaps most timely, this insightful, illuminating book overflows with anecdotes about how the ex-presidents are working to combat President Trump’s attempts to undo the achievements and hard work accomplished during their own terms.

Perhaps most poignantly, Team of Five sheds light on the inherent loneliness and inevitable feelings of powerlessness and frustration that come with no longer being the most important person in the world, but a leader with only symbolic power. There are ways, though, that these men, and their wives, have become powerful political and cultural forces in American life, even as so-called “formers.”

Team of Five includes 16 pages of color photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062668974
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/19/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 7,639
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Residence, First Women—also a New York Times bestseller—and First in Line. She is a CNN contributor who covered the Obama White House for Bloomberg News and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the Washington Post. She lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and their three young children.

Table of Contents

The Team of Five and Their First Ladies xi

Prologue: "I'm a Different Kind of President" 1

I The Peaceful Transfer of Power 11

II The Unwritten Rules of the Club 30

III Unexpected Friendships 77

IV The Hangover 137

V Cashing In 163

VI Redemption 178

VII America's Pyramids and the Weight of Legacy 215

VIII The First Ladies Circle 246

IX "Weird Shit" Strikes the Presidents Club 302

X Trump in the Clubhouse 335

XI And Then There Were Four 363

Epilogue: Getting Off the Stage 388

Acknowledgments 397

Sources and Notes 401

Bibliography 435

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