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

de Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy

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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.
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Superb and unusual. I had no idea how much the "club" works with the current President (and sometimes against!). Fascinating piece of American history and current practice!
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  fmclellan | Jan 23, 2024 |
Worth a read. ( )
  gmillar | Jan 31, 2023 |
“The President’s Club” is an excellent treatment of the untold relations among sitting U. S. Presidents, and those who occupied the office before them followed them. The public perception is primarily that the presidents who represent different parties opposed each other while those from the same party, while not BFF, were more compatible. That is an oversimplification and in many instances erroneous characterization of the relations among the Presidents. Party affiliation continued to be of importance only when political campaigns were involved.

Gibbs and Duffy provide a meticulously detailed summary of the way in which the Presidents cooperated. In most instances their primary goal was to protect the Office of the President of the United Sates, regardless of the political party of the present office-holder.

Significant individual differences characterized the extent to which the various presidents contributed to the efforts of the present office-holder. Some charismatic Presidents such as Eisenhower and Reagan were largely disconnected after leaving office, although Eisenhower continued to have an outsized influence on foreign policy. Some who left office under a cloud such as Hoover and Clinton have been enormously cooperative with and helpful to the Presidents who replaced them. Clinton was so helpful and friendly to H.W. and W. Bush that the Bush clan informally named him Brother Bill. Hoover can take credit along with Truman for establishing the international conditions that has resulted in the decades long absence of another world war.

Jimmy Carter turns out to be one of the most complex and to my mind unlikeable former Presidents. Opinionated and unreliable, he accepted missions offered by the sitting President, then ignored the instructions he was given and acted on his own agenda. It turned out in at least a couple of instances, however, that his renegade actions resulted in a beneficial outcome. It seems possible to question the integrity the man who adopted a sanctimonious attitude towards others while applauding his accomplishments.
“The President’s Club” is bound to expand your understanding to the office of the President of the United States and the human nature of the men that have occupied it, and of their influence on foreign and domestic policy. ( )
  Tatoosh | Jul 29, 2019 |
A well-researched study of inter-presidential relationships. Getting the balance right of basic background and new information seems to have proved a bit tricky in places, but other than that minor quibble, a very good read. ( )
1 vota JBD1 | Nov 27, 2018 |
Excellent overview of these Presidents, taken for the most part, after they left office. Fun anecdotes.

One of the nice things about the book was the lack (seemingly) of a political agenda. It will be interesting if Trump is invited to join ranks with these patriotic Americans. ( )
  kaulsu | Dec 7, 2017 |
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