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The Splintered Son, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by The Splintered Son)
Taking an intimate and deeply personal look into the interactions between the sitting president and their living predecessors (covering from Hoover to Obama), The President's Club is a wonderful read that will educate and give the reader a glimpse into the human side of the presidency. The office as a whole is a cherished entity that goes far beyond party lines and loyalties. It is interesting to see the interpersonal relationships transform once the baton is handed on to the next president. The process of legacy building is complex and the book illustrates well how most all of the presidents unify for the common good of the office. You the gentle reader, can decide who has/had their own selfish agendas for the annals of history.

The President's Club may cause you to re-think and re-evaluate your opinions of the past leaders of this nation. It is written with a critical, yet respectful tone that keeps all things in a concise perspective. One will see that the work of the American President is really never finished. It is sadly ironic that the rest of the political machine can't unify for the greater good of the nation in the ways that the Presidents do and did.

My brief review does not do this awesome book justice. Do yourself a favour and pick up and absorb this book. It is time well spent.
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Robbyg, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Robbyg)
This book is a real eye opener. I had no idea such a club existed and to find out what some of the Presidents did and thought after they were out of office was absolutely incredible......Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon in particular. you have to wonder about their egos and how much they were driven by them.
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ISBN:
9781439127704
Subtitle:
Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
Author:
Gibbs, Nancy
Author:
Brinkley, Douglas
Author:
Nichter, Luke
Author:
Duffy, Michael
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Subject:
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, Time Magazine, United States, The Presidents Club, history, private relationships, American presidents, backroom deals, alliances, rivalries, heads of state, Dwight Eisenhower, inauguration, Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover, Oval O
Subject:
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, Time Magazine, United States, The Presidents Club, history, private relationships, American presidents, backroom deals, alliances, rivalries, heads of state, Dwight Eisenhower, inauguration, Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover, Oval O
Subject:
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, Time Magazine, United States, The Presidents Club, history, private relationships, American presidents, backroom deals, alliances, rivalries, heads of state, Dwight Eisenhower, inauguration, Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover, Oval O
Subject:
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, Time Magazine, United States, The Presidents Club, history, private relationships, American presidents, backroom deals, alliances, rivalries, heads of state, Dwight Eisenhower, inauguration, Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover, Oval O
Subject:
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, Time Magazine, United States, The Presidents Club, history, private relationships, American presidents, backroom deals, alliances, rivalries, heads of state, Dwight Eisenhower, inauguration, Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover, Oval O
Subject:
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, Time Magazine, United States, The Presidents Club, history, private relationships, American presidents, backroom deals, alliances, rivalries, heads of state, Dwight Eisenhower, inauguration, Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover, Oval O
Subject:
ge Bush, George W. Bush, Barack Obama
Subject:
Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy, Time Magazine, United States, The Presidents Club, history, private relationships, American presidents, backroom deals, alliances, rivalries, heads of state, Dwight Eisenhower, inauguration, Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover, Oval O
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120417
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
one 8-page 4/c insert; 21 photos
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this anecdote-rich book, Gibbs and Duffy, the deputy managing editor and executive editor of Time, respectively, maintain that the relationships among former presidents have been characterized by 'cooperation, competition, and consolation.' Perhaps the most interesting tie they discuss is their first: Faced with the great need for food relief in Europe in 1945, Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover (who had provided food relief to Europe in WWI) overcame their mutual distrust to rally non-isolationist Republicans around the Marshall Plan. Another striking example of bipartisan cooperation, was that between George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to raise millions for the victims of the 2004 tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haitian earthquake. But the authors' most remarkable stories are of competition, such as candidate Richard Nixon pursuing his own diplomatic track with North Vietnam, undermining LBJ's efforts to secure a peace deal to end the Vietnam War. As for consolation, and plain practical help, Gibbs and Duffy (co-authors of The Preacher and the Presidents, about the Rev. Billy Graham) provide numerous examples, such as Kennedy relying on Eisenhower (whom he once called 'that old asshole') for advice following the Bay of Pigs fiasco. While this work could have used some pruning, it is canny, vivid, and informative on an important and little-explored subject. 16 pages of b&w photos. Agent: Bob Barnett" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
The infamous Nixon White House taping system captured 3,700 hours of Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and Camp David conversations between 1971 and 1973, automatically taping every single word spoken.and#160; These audio recordings have finally been released over the past decade byand#160;the National Archives, yet only fewer than 5% of them have been transcribed and publishedand#8212;until now.
"Synopsis" by , The famous and#8212; and infamous and#8212; Nixon White House tapes that reveal President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words

President Nixonand#8217;s voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David and#8212; 3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now, thanks to professor Luke Nichterand#8217;s massive effort to digitize and transcribe the tapes, the world can finally read an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history.

The Nixon Tapes,and#160;with annotations and commentaryand#160;by Nichter and Professor Douglas Brinkley,and#160;offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixonand#8217;s political downfall crept ever closer. The Nixon Tapes provides a unique glimpse into a flawed presidentand#8217;s hubris, paranoia, and political genius.

"Synopsis" by , The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhowerand#8217;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 historyand#8217;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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;I andgt;Timeandlt;/Iandgt; 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.
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