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

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

by Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
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The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy

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 unspoken pact between a father and son named Bush. And the roots of the rivalry between Clinton and Barack Obama.

Time magazine editors and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy offer a new and revealing lens on the American presidency, exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439148716
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 52,697
File size: 22 MB
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About the Author

Nancy Gibbs is the deputy managing editor of Time magazine and coauthor with Michael Duffy of the New York Times bestseller The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House.
Michael Duffy is Time’s executive editor and Washington bureau chief and directs coverage of presidents, politics, and national affairs for the magazine.

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The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! beautifully written and researched. Brimming with fresh details, it gives an inside look at how very lonely the presidency can be -- and how, time and again, the men who sit in that chair forge alliances with their predecessors (friend and foe alike) that are good for both the country and their own sanity. a must read for anyone interested in the presidency.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. A look into a secret society that until now we haven't been able to share. I found the book to be an enjoyable read.
MarilynRH More than 1 year ago
The book itself is well written and full of behind-the-scenes goodies...definitely worth reading. However, the way it appears on the nook screen is infuriating. Rather than use small numbers (1), (2) after key sentences to indicate references to footnotes, those particular parts of the sentences appear in blue, indicating active links. The first time I turned the page and accidentally tapped one of those live links, I was transported to the end of the book where the footnotes were. This is probably the publisher's doing, but I can tell you I find it extremely infuriating and frustrating...seeing all that blue text among the regular black text is disruptive. It's almost like the flow of words is interrupted. The book gets a five-star rating while the screen appearance gets a minus-five-star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. The section describing the friendship and love between Clinton and the elder Bush warmed my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. I love all of the inside stories of the personal side of what presidents and ex-presidents go through, and how they support each other regardless of party through the toughest times. I always had a lot of respect for the institution of the presidency, but this book gave me renewed respect for the individuals who have held the office since Truman. What touched me was the both the willingness -- and the need -- of all of the former presidents to continue to be relevant in their "retirements", and the need of the current White House occupant to often seek their counsel once the weight of the office falls upon his shoulders. I zipped through this book on a vacation day and was left wanting more! But it also begged the question: why has the President's' Club fallen silent when many in Congress were willing to hold our credit rating hostage for partisan purposes?
Capt_TomUp More than 1 year ago
I don't normally write reviews on books that I have read, but I believe this book contains interesting facts that anyone who reads about the Presidents should read. This book is well written such that it keeps the reader wanting to turn the pages from front to back never putting it down. I read this book over a long weekend and didn't want it to end. I never realized the importance of the Presidents Club to the current and past Presidents. I can only imagine the loneliness at the top. The decisions that are made by one man. The loss of so much power at the end of their terms. This is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Presidents Club is a book about the different partnerships former presidents had with current presidents. After their presidency, the ex-presidents job isnt done it. A former president guides the future and current leader of the United States, even if they are political foes they get past their differences and collaborate on one goal: to better the American people and their country.
KateNJ More than 1 year ago
This book starts out with a fascinating premise - that all living former Presidents of the United States have a shared interest in supporting each other despite their party or philosophical beliefs - because they know that they are the only ones who can understand the pressures, problems, and complexity of the job. It provides a unique insight into American history by discussing the unseen factors that influenced many of the events we think we understand. The interaction between various pairings of presidents is amazing. It also examines the role that former presidents play behind the scenes in supporting policy as well as humanitarian efforts - things for which they (at least in the past) received little if any credit. The bottom line of this book is that the success of the United States is the most important measure of what politicians do and say, a message that today's politicians on both sides of the aisle would do well to remember. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in the American system of government.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued to know some behind the scenes information about the highest office holders in thre US although I am not one to choose a history book to read for pleasure. I have to say that I found it hard to put down! I felt like we were given a birdseye view into the "hotbox" called The White House and the men who dared to take on what I would have to say has to be the most difficult job. I think everyone probably knows of the back room deals that go on in politics, but by reading about the deals made me feel like was in on the "secrets".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took my time reading this book! I enjoyed it so much!
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This is an excellent book. I found a lot of interesting tidbits of information about all the former presidents. I also found reinforcement of my negative opinions of Nixon and Carter.
IlovebooksMO More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read, a great book for presidential history buffs.
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A lot of information you'll never hear anywhere else. Great stories with overarching themes. It will give you more respect for the Presidency and make the Chiefs seem more human.