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The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity (edició 2012)

de Nancy Gibbs (Autor), Michael Duffy (Autor)

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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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Títol:The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
Autors:Nancy Gibbs (Autor)
Altres autors:Michael Duffy (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster (2012), Edition: First, 641 pages
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“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 |
I really wanted to like this book. I had been looking forward to it ever since it was published, but I had a lot of difficulty getting into it. Something about the writing style felt very off to me, although the subject matter was very enjoyable. This book takes a look at an institution that isn't really covered very much, unless former presidents come out with a new initiative or give a speech or come together for a very important funeral.

Some of the relationships are perhaps ones you might not have expected or even knew anything about, ie Clinton and Nixon, for example. Some of the stories are thoroughly fascinating to read about, from Hoover and Truman's working relationship to fondness for one another, to Nixon disappearing after attending a funeral in Egypt, to seeing how Clinton and George W. Bush began working together. Some stories are filled with sadness, such as the effect of JFK's assassination had on the "club." Other stories show how difficult the presidency can be for one man to shoulder and how those who leave the job often do genuinely want to help, as well as perhaps wanting to be able to have the spotlight back for himself.

Not all of the presidents get along with their predecessors, clearly many have suspicions and doubts of one another. But they do find it important to maintain the office of the presidency and do diplomacy, fundraising, speech giving, etc. if it helps the current incumbent with his job and serves the country.

Yet as I mentioned before, the writing is really tedious at points. I only kept going because of my interest in the subject matter, but I found the writing rather uneven and hard to pay attention to at points. Some sections are page turners and attempt to get into the minds of each man (with mentions of aides, spouses, etc.), while others just drag on and on.

It's definitely an interesting book, but maybe I wasn't in the right mindset to read. It's also somewhat expensive, (even as a paperback), so recommend you get it with a coupon or thumb through it in the library first. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 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 |
Longtime Time Magazine journalists Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy explore the relationships of former US presidents, and the ways that they have impacted American policy, since World War II. Generation by generation, from Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama, they trace the various ways that serving presidents have sought the advice, solidarity, and assistance of their predecessors.

Gibbs and Duffy do not uncover many new details; most students of 20th Century US Presidential history will know about the interplay between these often out-sized figures. Instead, they use the historical record to explore the motivations that shaped these unique relationships, along with the surprising personality quirks that have allowed former presidents to bond or have gotten in the way.

Unsurprisingly, Richard Nixon looms large in the book, owing to his breathtaking machinations with various presidents that suited his own desires for election, pardon, and then rehabilitation. More interesting, they suggest that George H. W. Bush has become the father figure of the group, responsible for revitalizing the collegiality of “the club” and shaping its modern ethos. ( )
  ALincolnNut | Feb 3, 2017 |
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