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

Nancy Gibbs , Michael Duffy
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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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The inside story of the world's most exclusive
fraternity; how presidents from Hoover through Obama worked with--and
sometimes, against--each other when they were in and out of power.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Club with Few Members March 25 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Among the precedents that George Washington set was the orderly transition of power from one president to the next. As he handed over the presidency, Washington also became the first former president. He and John Adams became the only two members of an exclusive club--those who know what it means to have the power, privileges, and burdens of an American president. This book is the history of this club and its members. Using examples from the near and distant past, Gibbs and Duffy illustrate three key aspects of the Presidents Club. They are personal relationships, protecting the office of the presidency, and supporting the actions of the current president.

The club is about relationships between the current president and those who have gone before. Serving presidents have the counsel and comfort of others who know where the buck stops and how it feels to shoulder this burden. Former presidents have the opportunity to remain relevant and influence national affairs. Most have accepted a behind-the-scenes role, avoiding the dangers of upstaging the current president. Jimmy Carter could be an exception. Richard Nixon advised a succession of presidents in an admitted campaign to redeem himself from the national embarrassment of Watergate.

The club also protects the office of the presidency. Most former presidents avoid criticizing the current president, exercise restraint in their friendships with foreign leaders, and generally remain in the background. Most presidents have responded by respecting former presidents' decisions and concern for their place in history. "However much presidents may disagree with their predecessors on the value of an ally or the danger of an enemy, they are acutely conscious of being the custodians of American credibility.
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Although an interesting read, "The Presidents Club" could have gone a little deeper. I also sensed that the work was kinder for the Presidents who were still around (an able to read the book) and harsher for those who had passed away.

What striked me even more was the self-centered personnality, not to say selfishness of Richard Nixon, who didn't have any qualms about losing young Americans lives in Vietnam if it could help his candicacy. The picture of Nixon is that of an awful President, who surely must be rank among the botton 3 in history. LBJ not much higher.

However, I enjoyed reading about Herbert Hoover, a lesser know President.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent read Dec 27 2013
By john
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Interesting information new to the reader about how President's worked for betterment of the nation. I would recommend for poly-sci inclined readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, Sept. 23 2013
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Fascinating account of our most recent presidents - their success and failures - and who they relied for their counsel in their times of difficulty and achievement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic July 20 2012
Format:Hardcover
fantastic book, i cant put it down. not only is it well written, the details and small points - the conversations and relationships, make it an amazing read.
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