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

Nancy Gibbs

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Duffy, Bob Walter

Length:

22h 3m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

29:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

28:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

26:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

28:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

25:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

20:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

22:04


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

25:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

17:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

21:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

24:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

26:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

23:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

12:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

19:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:11


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

16:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

17:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

25:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

20:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

11:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

28:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

15:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

01:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

13:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

20:04


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

19:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:37


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

20:08


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

12:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:37


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

26:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

10:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

20:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

29:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

18:51


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

18:16


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:52


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

22:39


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

12:46


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

01:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

16:10


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

22:41


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

10:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

24:21


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:25


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

25:10


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

18:17


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

10:37


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

01:50