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The Presidents Club

Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
Gibbs, Nancy (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Examines presidential power within the context of U.S. history and the ongoing relationships presidents and ex-presidents formed with one another.
Authors: Gibbs, Nancy, 1960-
Title: The presidents club
inside the world's most exclusive fraternity
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Characteristics: vii, 641 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
Contents: 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 breakup. :The news hounds are trying to drive a wedge between us" ; "The man is a congenital liar"
Kennedy and his club : the hazing. "He had no idea of the complexity of the job" ; "The worse I do, the more popular I get" ; "How about coming in for a drink?"
Johnson and Eisenhower : blood brothers. "The country is far more important than any of us" ; "I need your counsel, and I love you"
Nixon and Reagan : the California boys. "You'll have my promise
I'll speak no evil"
Johnson and Nixon : two scorpions in a bottle. "This is treason" ; "I want to go; God take me"
Nixon and Johnson : brotherhood and blackmail. "I want the break-in"
Nixon and Ford : mercy at all costs. "I had to get the monkey off my back"
Ford and Reagan : the family feud. "It burned the hell out of me"
Nixon, Ford, and Carter : three men and a funeral. "Why don't we make it just Dick, Jimmy, and Jerry?"
Reagan and Nixon : the exile returns. "I am yours to command"
Bush and Nixon : no good deed goes unpunished. "I'm convinced
he feels I'm soft"
Bush and Carter : the missionary goes rogue. "I am a better ex-president that I was a president"
Six presidents : the golden age of the club. "The guy knows how the game is played" ; "I'm sending Carter. You think it will be OK, don't you" ; "Bill, I think you have to admit that you lied"
Bush and Clinton : the rascal and the rebel. "He's never forgiven me for beating his father"
Bush and Bush : father and son. "I love you more than tongue can tell" ; "Tell 41 and 42 that 43 is hungry"
Obama and his club : the learning curve. "We want you to succeed."
Summary: Examines presidential power within the context of U.S. history and the ongoing relationships presidents and ex-presidents formed with one another.
Additional Contributors: Duffy, Michael 1958-
ISBN: 1439127700
9781439127704
Branch Call Number: 973.920922 G443p 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 531-609)
Subject Headings: Ex-presidents United States History Presidents United States History
Topical Term: Ex-presidents
Presidents
LCCN: 2011042047
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Jul 25, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Negative rating for reasons following: Jane's comment, "Excellent view of history" is anything but - - yes, there are some truths and facts mixed in with damning revisionism and misinformation and disinformation. Case in point: the absolute opposite occurred from what the authors' stated after the Bay of Pigs debacle/fiasco (planned and designed WITHIN the Eisenhower administration, with the planners including Vice President Nixon and Eisenhower's SecDef, and so on). Eisenhower did not give President Kennedy a good dressing down - - which the authors fraudulently claim -- JFK lost all confidence in Eisenhower and everything pertaining to his administration (firing all of Eisenhower's Joint Chiefs of Staff, and replacing them after the Bay of Pigs, also firing Allen Dulles of the CIA, whose brother married into the Rockefeller/Morgan family) and both Dulles brothers worked for the law firm representing the Rockefeller family, and fired Richard Bissell of the CIA, Harriman's protege, and fired Gen. Cabell of the CIA, brother of the mayor of Dallas, Earl Cabell). Kennedy had rescinded much of Eisenhower's original plan, calling off the planned assassination of Fidel Castro, pulling back full military offense, because the CIA and Chiefs claimed it would be a popular uprising, and so forth. (Prior to JFK's highly detailed planned assassination [several well-documented books recount a prior Chicago similarly planned hit but JFK canceled that trip at last moment], it was well known he was planning to fire the warmongering Averell Harriman and Henry Cabot Lodge, also.) For an honest and real take on the presidency, read Donald Gibsons' book, Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy presidency, and Nomi Prins' book, All The Presidents' Bankers.

Apr 04, 2014
  • cardigramma rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A must read for political "junkies". A lot of behind the scenes insight and new information. Loved this!

Jun 25, 2013
  • rspanny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A truly fascinating read. This book actually surveys modern American history from WW2 to the present day, as seen through the prism of the Presidency. Very interesting to learn how successive presidents dealt with former presidents, in the club. For example, all subsequent presidents leaned on Nixon, after Tricky Dicky had resigned in disgrace. Covers Herbert Hoover from the 1930s, up to Obama today. Reveals friendships, rivalries and downright hatreds. Arguably, the club members of this world's most exclusive fraternity have shaped the modern world for all of us, more than any other group of people that ever lived.

May 30, 2013
  • JOE KEEGAN rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thought that this book was pretty informational. I thought it did a good job of staying bipartisan, and the authors really worked hard to find something positive with all of the presidents. Lots and lots of interesting anecdotes.

Jan 03, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent view of history. I lived through the whole period and never realized I had missed understanding so much.

A totally absorbing look at American history through a unique perspective--the relationships between sitting presidents and their living predecessors. There are many riveting and surprising stories: President Truman enlisting much -reviled ex-president Hoover to help feed starving Europe after World War II; President Johnson begging ex-President Eisenhower to visit him at the White House and help him with the morass of the Vietnam War; Richard Nixon sabatoging President Johnson's peace efforts in order to bolster his own election chances; the Watergate scandal; three ex-presidents trying to forestall President Clinton's impeachment, and lots, lots more. The book was extensively researched and reads extremely well. It's a terrific read, which also gave me new insights into the burdens of being President of the United States.

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