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Presidents Club : Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity (Unabridged) (MP3-CD) (Nancy Gibbs &

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The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. Among their secrets: How Jack Kennedy tried to blame Ike for the Bay of Pigs. How Ike quietly helped Reagan win his first race in 1966. How Richard Nixon conspired with Lyndon Johnson to get elected and then betrayed him. How Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter turned a deep enmity into an alliance. The unspoken pact between a father and son named Bush. And the roots of the rivalry between Clinton and Barack Obama.

Time magazine editors and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy offer a new and revealing lens on the American presidency, exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.
The bestselling authors of The Preacher and the Presidents return with 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.

The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower?s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed?and to this day?the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world?s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history?s favor.

Some presidents needed their predecessors to keep their secrets; others needed them to disappear. Most just needed help getting the job done. Truman enlisted Hoover to help him save Europe; Kennedy turned to Ike on Cuba; Nixon sought Johnson?s advice on getting reelected, but then tried to blackmail him; Ford and Carter couldn?t stand each other until they saw what they had in common; Reagan and Clinton relied on Nixon as an off-the-books emissary to Russia; Bush put Clinton and his father to work and they became like father and son; and Obama and Clinton became quiet rivals for the same crown.

Journalists and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy unravel the secret compacts, the shared scars, and the private cease-fires from Hoover to Obama. The Presidents Club will change the way we think about the presidency, for the club itself is an instrument of presidential power.

Edition: Unabridged
Number of Pages: 222
Genre: History, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: United States / General, Government / Executive Branch, Presidents + Heads of State
Format: Mp3_cd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author: Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
Language: English
Street Date: December 11, 2012
TCIN: 14356432
UPC: 9781442362901
Item Number (DPCI): 248-81-7696
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