This book makes history more real by bringing it down to a more personal level. Presidents are real people with personalities and struggles, not just characters with names and dates below them in a history text. It is fascinating to hear how the presidents interacted with each other and how they helped or complicated things for the other presidents.
I've also often wondered about the relationship between presidents, which is never talked about, and this book reveals just that. So enlightening to find out who were friends, who were enemies, and what presidents think about each other.
You never know what goes on behind closed doors. I've always said that people argue about politics only with information we get from the media, and that very fact makes us pretty inept to argue anything. In really makes decisions and why? Corruption? Blackmail? Politicians are just puppets.
A good read.
There is almost nothing I would rather read about than American presidential histories. However - this narrator was so slow it was distracting. Likewise, his inflections seemed off, at times changing the meaning of the quotes or the sense of humor of the individuals quoted. I certainly wanted the information and since I frequently both read the book and listen to make the best use of time - I found I was reading far more than listening. However if you only have time to listen - go ahead and get this wonderful book filled with enlightening new information - just turn up the speed to 1.25 or 1.5 and move through it. Best advice - read the book on a digital device or in real living color! The photos are good anyway.
I learned more about many of the presidents I thought I knew plenty about already. I was mostly enlightened by the new perspectives on LBJ.
Slow with oddly stated inflections. Sometimes when he was reading quotes it was very clear that it wasn't intended to be read the way he was reading it.
The behind the scenes stories that betray the public behavior.
I saw a review before buying this with someone saying that they really did not like the narrator. I felt I could probably ignore that complaint as I didn't think it would affect me that much. Boy was I wrong! Hard to explain why it is annoying, but he has very little inflection in his voice and all the sentences end almost like in a question. Typically you would have highs and lows in intonation and all of his reading is right down the middle and lacks interest. He mis-pronounces words a lot, and gets very singsongy in his delivery. Almost like a politician ironically, but it was really hard to listen to which is a shame because most of the content is interesting. I would seriously consider reading this one instead of listening until they get a different narrator to re-record it. Sorry Bob.
The story is good but the reading style of the narrator is annoying and distracting. He reads the entire book like he would read a newscast.
Learning how previous holders of the office have counseled others; that, despite their political differences, they each uniquely understand the burdens of the man holding the office and support him pretty much without fail.
You won't get bored listening to or reading this book.
A fascinating look at the interaction between present and past chief executives. You learn that "out of power" does not mean exactly out of power. The interaction between these men is intriguing.
Absolutely. Great stories, insight and perspective on historical events. Bob Walter is a perfect narrator - he gives life to the Presidents' words.
Could be a number of films based on each of the relationships.
I've always been a voracious reader of both fiction and non-fiction. I don't have a "favorite genre" - I just like good books. I especially like audio books that are well read.
We normally only see one side of any president, presidency, or political campaign. This book brings the human side to the front. It may not have a lot of depth of information, but it gives you such a great view of how ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary cicumstances (leader of the free world) deal with their jobs and the predicessors and successors.
I would have to say Harry Truman. I really saw him in a different light based on this book. This is a guy that really put country first. Second would be Richard Nixon. You really saw him in a different light. It's a shame the guy had such a poor moral compass - he was brilliant when it came to foreign politics.
He did a good job of separating the sections/characters well.
There were a lot of "ah ha" moments with this book. Having lived through many of these presidencies, I never realized what was taking place behind the scenes. I was also aware of presidents teaming up, but didn't realize what went into making that happen and what these guys thought of each other. You'll be surprise about the relationship between President Clinton and President George H.W. Bush.
I loved how I got a look at the "behind the scenes" aspects of Presidents and former Presidents' lives. It makes the men that have held this highest office more human, and thus, more relatable and likable regardless of their particular political persuasion.
Love the relationship between Clinton and Bush 1. I try to remind myself of these two when I get bent out of shape thinking about or talking about someone else's political views.
I've listened to two others and all are very good. I'm a fan of his recordings... very excellent.
Emotionally, as a history book, it kept me engaged the entire time. I normally listen to my books while I'm out on a run and I'd find myself running extra or stretching out a bit more afterwards to make sure I came to nice break in the action.
Fun, interesting, and entertaining read. Definitely worth picking up!