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ISBN:
1439127727
Author:
Nancy Gibbs
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Leaders & Notable People
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English
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Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (February 12, 2013)
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656 pages
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The tiny world of . Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs offer more than a fresh and fascinating first look at the world’s most exclusive men’s club.

The tiny world of . presidents is our Olympus, and Gibbs and Duffy have chronicled the intimacies and rivalries of the gods. Jon Meacham, bestselling author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs have taken us inside one of the most powerful and unusual families in American life-the brotherhood of former presidents of the United States. It’s a book of real substance about clashing egos and strange bedfellows at the top. -Jonathan Alter, bestselling author of The Promise.

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Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs have taken us inside one of the most powerful and unusual families in. .The tiny world of . presidents is our Olympus, and Gibbs and Duffy have chronicled the intimacies and rivalries of the gods

Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs have taken us inside one of the most powerful and unusual families in American life-the brotherhood of former presidents of the United States. The Presidents Club is magnetically readable, bursting with new information and behind-the-scenes details.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 601-609) and index. Truman and Hoover : the return of the exile. I'm not big enough for this job" ; "Our exclusive trade union" - Eisenhower and Truman : careful courtship, bitter. I'm not big enough for this job" ; "Our exclusive trade union" - Eisenhower and Truman : careful courtship, bitter breakup. The news hounds are trying to drive a wedge between us" ; "The man is a congenital liar" - Kennedy and his club : the hazing.

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The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover .

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.

She is the co-author, with Michael Duffy, of The New York Times Bestsellers The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House (2007) and The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity (2012). Gibbs currently serves as the Lombard Director of the Shorenstein Center at the Havard Kennedy School of Government.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Forget Rome’s Curia, Yale’s Skull and Bones and the Bilderbergs-the world’s most exclusive club never numbers more than six. Its rules are inscrutable, and its members box the compass politically and stylistically.

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Readers are in for some major surprises, not to mention a history they won't be able to put down.

The New York Times bestselling history of the private relationships among the last thirteen presidents—the partnerships, private deals, rescue missions, and rivalries of those select men who served as commander in chief.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.
  • GEL
Woody Allen once said, "I took a speed-reading course where you run your finger down the middle of the page and was able to read War and Peace in 20 minutes. It's about Russia."

Because I review a lot of books, colleagues ask me if I'm a speed reader. I'm not. I read with pen in hand and am slowed down even further by reading memorable stuff out loud to my long-suffering wife/listener.

But speed reading would have helped as I tackled this 641-page book. While the notes and index are over 100 pages, it still left 527 pages of serious reading. But a speed reader would have missed the juicy morsels, laugh-out-loud humor and the incredible connect-the-dots leadership lessons of recent U.S. presidents. (And my wife would have missed my constant interruptions.)

Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duff, editors at Time, have delivered what they call "the first history of the private relationships among modern American presidents--their backroom deals, rescue missions, secret alliances, and enduring rivalries." And let me add: the interplay and conflicts between their unique leadership and management styles. Even my colleagues outside of the U.S. will enjoy this book.

This presidential behind-the-scenes read-a-thon starts with "Truman and Hoover: The Return of the Exile" and ends with "Obama and His Club: The Learning Curve." (I read that chapter first--and I was hooked.) In between, there are 24 chapters with memorable match-ups like "Careful Courtship, Bitter Breakup," "The Hazing," "Blood Brothers," "Two Scorpions in a Bottle" (Johnson and Nixon), "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" and "The Rascal and the Rebel."

This book is a leadership case study on multiple levels. CEOs in transition (retirement, termination or promotion) will especially appreciate this revealing inside look at the new guy/old guy relationships in the Oval Office. The book will trigger all your emotions (as it did for each president): mad, glad and sad. Here's a taste:

--George H.W. Bush, commenting on Bill Clinton's general lack of discipline and long campaign speeches, "A good leader sets priorities--he doesn't just list."

--"The most precious commodity of the United States of America is neither the gold bullion in Fort Knox nor the launch codes in its ballistic missiles. It is the time of the commander in chief: there is only so much of it, and how it is spent shapes pretty much everything else."

--On Gerald Ford: "Worse, perhaps, even though he had inherited the title, the job was not yet his."

--Lyndon B. Johnson: "He moved Eisenhower's portrait to a more prominent position, so that it would be visible in the background of pictures of Johnson greeting various White House guests."

--Henry Kissinger on Egypt's president: "Sadat handled four American presidents with consummate psychological skill. He treated Nixon as a great statesman, Ford as a living manifestation of good will, Carter as a missionary almost too decent for the world and Reagan as the benevolent leader of a popular revolution subtly appealing to each man's conception of himself and gaining the confidence of each."

--Nixon: "The best politics is poetry, not prose. Jesse Jackson is a poet. Mario Cuomo is a poet and [Michael] Dukakis is a word processor."

--Nixon: "It is necessary to struggle, to be embattled, to be knocked down and to have to get up. Renewal. Americans are crazy about renewal."

--On George H.W. Bush upon losing the election to Bill Clinton: "...at five the next morning [Bush] got out his list of several hundred people he needed to thank and reached for the phone. He got off sixteen hours later."

--Bush 41 (writing to his sons about Nixon): [per the authors, Bush's letter is] "as good a psychological profile of Nixon as any that exists. Nixon was a great leader, he told his boys, and a first-rate intellect but also a third-rate person." Bush added, "He surrounded himself on his personal staff with people unwilling to question the unlovely instincts we all have--and that he has in spades."

--"History doesn't repeat itself, Mark Twain said, but it rhymes."

--Bush 41 offered new perks to the Club, sending National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft to personally visit every former president (Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan). "Scowcroft asked what, now that Bush was president, they might want in the way of regular briefings and other logistical favors. This was self-protection on Bush's part: he knew that his predecessors could be excellent allies on all sorts of issues; and regular briefings in advance of big decisions could keep them sounding supportive when reporters called."

After Clinton's election victory, he called on an aging Reagan at his Club office in Los Angeles. The Gipper had two pieces of advice for the young president-elect: 1) Go to Camp David and relax as many weekends as possible, and 2) Learn how to salute! "And so the 81-year-old Reagan proceeded to give the 46-year-old Clinton a private tutorial. The two men stood there in Reagan's L.A. office, 34 floors above Beverly Hills, perfecting their salutes."

Once in office, Clinton called another Club member, Nixon, to ask how he had structured his daily White House schedule--seeking guidance on how best to use his limited time.

And just like in real life (with incoming and outgoing CEOs), the relationships covered the continuum from angry to loving. The unusual friendship between Bush 41 and Clinton, as they teamed up to address the tsunami and Katrina crises, was outside-the-textbook stunning. So much so that at a 2011 Kennedy Center event honoring George H.W. Bush, 27 members of the Bush family assembled for a family portrait and Neil Bush called for Bill Clinton to join the family photo! He did.

This book will be on my Top-10 list for 2012.
  • Gietadia
Once a person has been the President of the United States, that person has become an advisor, a mentor, a teacher, a friend, and sometimes an ambassador for the sitting President. No person can possibly imagine the loneliness of the difficult decisions facing the sitting President except those who have gone before him. There is no official “Club”, it is simply an ad hoc group of ex-Presidents who have helped the sitting President in many situations over time. The exegesis begins with Truman and how he enlisted Hoover to help in distribution of supplies to foreign countries, and it passes through Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Kennedy, LBJ, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama in sequential fashion and the book provides an excellent account of the relationships that occurred during those administrations. It is a fascinating account of backdoor politics, gives great insights to the personalities of the various Presidents, and it allows the reader to have a peek into some of the most sensitive situations that have faced modern United States. I learned a great deal about history, about politics, and about the importance of having an informal group of advisors to help the current President preside over America with wisdom and equity.
  • Hra
Absorbing, detailed and factual - this interesting book describes how ex-presidents co-operate with one another and, for the good of the country, will neither offend nor criticize an incumbent.

Although I chose to read the book on my Kindle Fire, I recommend a hardcover version to share with others. Having lived thru decades of presidents, I knew quite a bit of the more recent acts of friendship and cooperation between Carter/Ford, Clinton/Bush, Eisenhower/Truman, etc. but there were some surprises! I especially enjoyed the chapter on Herbert Hoover and am sending for his biography - a great man whose gifts to the nation have gone largely unnoticed.

If you enjoy reading about the American presidents and especially what they accomplish after their stint in the White House ends, then you may agree with me, this is one of the better books published on the subject - the author writes well and holds your attention. Since I am an independent voter, I appreciate reading about "both sides" and knowing that there are usually a few ex-presidents alive and ready to help an incumbent if asked, no matter which party reigns. Reading about this unique "Club" will make you proud to be an American.