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The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity Paperback – February 12, 2013
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Best: Hoover helping Truman get food supplies to 100 million starving Europeans after WWII (wow!)
Second best: Nixon helping Clinton deal with Yelstin. This is a really cool story!
Worst: Jimmy Carter annoying pretty much everybody
Delicious: Johnson and Nixon trying to outfox each other
Most fun anecdote: Reagan teaching Clinton how to salute.
If one is interested in Presidential history, this is a new and refreshing angle on this well worn path.
Exciting -- The book is an easy read that keeps the reader engaged as the authors tell the narrative of Presidential interaction. From Hoover to Obama the dynamics are shaped by the most powerful men in the world. From ego's to self-empathy the authors tell the real life history of how the club has grown and shrunk over the last 50 years.
Credible - Well sourced and full of citing the authors took the job seriously and gave readers insights only found by scouring thousands and thousands of pages of Presidential material
Insightful - Discover how Hoover was a tremendous help at the end of WWII. Put yourself in President Reagan's post-presidential office as he teaches another President how to salute.
Perception Changing - The book opened this readers eyes to the decisions that Presidents have to make. Foreign Policy rules the land and I would bet each of us are hard pressed to ever look at our leaders through the same lens as we did before reading this book.
I prefer not to list certain portions of a book like this that I really liked, as I know how much I like to avoid seeing even trivial "spoilers" - but rest assured, this is an account saturated with highly educational information.
Beginning with Harry Truman's "rehabilitation" of Herbert Hoover shortly after Truman assumed the presidency in 1945, current and former holders of the office have formed some of the most fascinating relationships borne out of many factors. Truman needed expertise on European relief after the Second World War so he turned to Hoover, who had made a name for himself doing the same after World War I. In turn they became friends, something that would happen often to presidents, especially of opposing parties.
We get more than a glimpse of super egos needing to be wanted and stroked. There are "gentlemanly" ex-presidents and "rogue" ones as well. They're kind of like a big family...often colliding with one another, making up afterwards, only to set off on another crash course along the way. A wonderful contribution of this book is the summaries of presidential discussions, leaving the reader with the wonder of how fragile these men are. All of them. Some chapters are better than others. Nixon's manipulation of LBJ is juicy, as is the drama that played out between Ford and Reagan...not only at the 1976 GOP convention but at the one four years later, too. And there's Jimmy Carter going way out of bounds on a trip to North Korea to the utter dismay of Bill Clinton.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very timely read. What new presidents find they need to learn after they have campaigned as if they knew it all -- and who stands ready to help and why.Published 5 days ago by Unknown
Unique insider look at the relationships of the men who share the unique experience of being president. Read morePublished 7 days ago by eskiemom
great insights into the relationships of the President's Club. Very interesting connection to historical events that changed the policy pathway of many efforts.Published 8 days ago by Michael Aube
Great book if you like recent Presidential history and inside gossip.Published 16 days ago by John E. Swanson