I loved the "behind the scenes" glimpse this book offered. It was very educational and interesting since I had no idea that there was a club. I will get another book where he reads because he was so good.
Nixon and Clinton. Their relationship was very intriguing.
Bob did such a wonderful job that it is difficult to single out one. He was very even handed in how he portrayed each character. I liked how he read in his voice without trying to mimic any certain president.
No. I was just thoroughly engaged.
Bob Walter's performance was excellent. I did not detect any partisanship. He was very interesting reader.
Good book overall. The first several sections with Truman and Eishenhower are more political history than relationships within "the club" but this improves as the book goes on and there's more info about the actual relationships and interaction of Presidents.
The biggest downfall of this audiobook is the narrator. He speaks in the same exact cadence over and over again. It doesn't matter if he's quoting someone or simply narrating, the cadence, emphasis, etc. is irritatingly repetitive. I could actually give you a voice example mocking his style if I could upload a audio sample here...It's would be comical if it weren't so repetitive. He also does almost zero voice characterizations (acting) so unless you're paying close attention, sometimes you don't know if a President is speaking or a staffer or another political figure. The only exception I noticed was in characterizing LBJ's voice with a bit of a Texan accent, but it's very slight.
Sadly, it's REALLY hard to listen beyond the narrator. He's so distracting that it's hard to listen for very long.
This is one endorsement that I would NOT recommend the audio version, but would recommend the actual book (read it yourself).
yes...found the info interesting and insightful
a little deep and dark and little adaption to characters
Interesting and detailed glimpse of the evolving relationships and machinations between past, present and sometimes future presidents. Sprinkled in are some very interesting moments before and after the old guy leaves and the new guy starts. Also included are many stories about the role of former presidents have played in a wide range of global skirmishes.
Sure. I read a TIME article on the book and the photos were fascinating. The concept of a real A Team of presidents is cool and even entertaining. I am old enough to remember the Nixon years so I found it fascinating to relive the Nixon Ford pardon debate. After reading the book I realized I have changed my mind about the pardon and why Ford did what he did. I agree now that he did the right thing because it was always about the presidency, not the person. Although now the presidency and the man occupying are getting disrespected outright but I digress...Great book in giving the reader of history a real education not covered in the history books. The sections on Hoover and Truman were long but I came away learning a lot about that era and post war Europe.
Nixon and his interactions with Clinton. I could sense Nixon`s neediness to connect with Clinton and while ironic they became best buds, it all kind of makes sense. I have a new respect for Bush senior too.
It was okay. Pretty monotone.
There were many but the section when Carter lost it with Cedras to get the heck out of Haiti because children could die was moving. Carter for all his faults - he does seem more of a loner compared to the rest of the fraternity - does march to the beat of a different drummer. The section also on Ford telling Nixon and Carter to go with Jerry, Jimmy and Dick was pretty memorable.
I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I ended up disliking Eisenhower; sympathetic to LBJ; respectful of Nixon`s complexity; and overall had a vicarious enjoyment of the presidents being above the fray. Capturing the interactions of the ones alive and representing America in retirement makes great reading! The authors will need to include Obama in the next edition.
The Presidents Club is a fascinating lens through which to view recent US history. The research at the foundation of this book would have been massive and meticulous. But the real value is the way all the details are strung together in a compelling narrative. Though not always chronological, strong links kept me engaged and enthralled.
I already knew the news stories that populate this book; war, assassination, resignation, impeachment and elections. But I didn't know the "back story". And Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy tell one fabulous back story!
Bob Walter does a very good job of narrating throughout. His approach is steady and non-dramatic. In his voice, all the Presidents sound the same, with one odd exception, when President Clinton is doing an impersonation of President George W Bush.
I loved this book because it brought familiar events and people to life in a very different way and provided incredible insight into what must be one of the most difficult jobs in the world.
A fantastic review of the key events and relationships of former presidents
A great incite into history and how the former Presidents handled the critical events in their own time with the former Presidents. A great way to gain a powerful understanding of the presidential history from 1940 until today
no, would rate equally
an additional insight into the lives of the President's
This is one of the best books i have "read" this year....really insightful and interesting.
Yes, I would listen to this book again. I am sure I missed a few key points in the various stories. Also, the book is fascinating. It would be very easy to listen to it again.
There were many. But most of all it was understanding just how big of a crook Richard Nixon really was.
No, So I have no comparison.
When Nixon sabotaged the peace talks with North Vietnam.
If you have any interest in high level politics and how they work this is a great book. The forward was a little dry and drawn out but once the real story begins it is hard to put this book down.
This was a really interesting story, with particular reference to the relationship between the different presidents up to and including Bill Clinton.
the relationship between the different men was both very enjoyable and also enlightening. this is also the case when comparing the public face of the different presidents and the person who they really are.
The story made me also think about the different relationships that have existed between presidents and their vice presidents - that was not covered, unless the vice president went on to become president - and only then it was superficial.
It is obviously very difficult to write about the Obama administration and it's relationship with the past presidents, including the potential role they have played in getting votes in the senate and house for raising the debt ceiling etc. When that is able to be written I will certainly spend a credit on that too.