The Presidents Club

The Presidents Club

Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

Book - 2012
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A riveting new history of the private relationships among the last thirteen presidents, uncovering and exploring the partnerships, private deals, rescue missions, and rivalries of those few men who served as commander in chief.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, c2012.
ISBN: 9781439127704
Characteristics: vii, 641 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Duffy, Michael 1958-- Author

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GRF1965
May 12, 2015

This is an eye-opener. This old boy club has more way to stab their advisory in the back then one can imagine.

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cardigramma
Apr 04, 2014

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

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rspanny
Jun 25, 2013

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.

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jkeeg
May 30, 2013

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.

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StarGladiator
Mar 31, 2013

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.

Jane60201 Jan 03, 2013

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

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Ellington4
Jul 20, 2012

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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