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

Michael Duffy , Nancy Gibbs
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28 Mar 2013
Over the years that followed-and to this day-the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world's most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history's favour. Some presidents needed their predecessors to keep their secrets; others needed them to disappear. Truman enlisted Hoover to help him save Europe; Kennedy turned to Ike on Cuba; Nixon sought Johnson's advice on getting re-elected, but then tried to blackmail him; Ford and Carter couldn't stand each other until they saw what they had in common; Reagan and Clinton relied on Nixon as an emissary to Russia; Bush put Clinton and his father to work and they became like father and son; and Obama and Clinton became quiet rivals for the same crown. The Presidents Club will change the way we think about the presidency, for the club itself is an instrument of presidential power.

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (28 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439127727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439127728
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Forget Rome's Curia, Yale's Skull and Bones and the Bilderbergs--the world's most exclusive club never numbers more than six. . . . Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs have penetrated thick walls of secrecy and decorum to give us the most intimate, revealing, and poignant account of the constitutional fifth wheel that is the ex-presidency. Readers are in for some major surprises, not to mention a history they won't be able to put down." --Richard Norton Smith, author of "Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation"

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Nancy Gibbs is an executive 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 Washington bureau chief and directs coverage of presidents, politics, and national affairs for the magazine. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This book wonderfully describes the relationships between the sitting and the former - never really retired - presidents. It is interesting to see that the most fruitful relationships do occur when they both are at the opposite of the political spectrum.
The most striking example is the alliance forged after the end of the second world war between Hoover and Truman. The help and the restless travels that Hoover did averted another tragedy in Europe for bringing food and restoring the economies to a functioning state.
Eisenhower and JFK relationship remains also essential since they very much despised each other at begin of their encounter but finally manage to form an almost workable relationship . Eisenhower was proved to be a definitive help and a loyal ally during the Cuban crisis when he advised JFK to pursue and announce the quarantine of Cuba.
The example of Jimmy Carter in this book is also striking, the very fact that he criticizes publicly Clinton's foreign policy decisions labelled him as "black sheep" of the club.
The relationships between Senior Bush and Clinton are also worth to read, notably in the role they both play following the contentious election in 2000 between Al Gore and Junior Bush.
Reagan and Nixon remains a fascinating relationship . It is Reagan whom restated Nixon by seeking his advice during the most dangerous years of the Cold War.

The open question remains with whom 44 will be friend with when his term finishes in 2016 ??
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5.0 out of 5 stars recommended reading 11 Sep 2013
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Another book that was recommended to me. I found it fascinating and it gave me an idea of the way in which the presidency, and afterlife, works Certainly worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 April 2014
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This is simply an outstanding book. I had a very great pleasure to read it. Very interesting to see how friendships can develop, where you might not think it can be so
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