Detailed, Historical, Important
I learned more and appreciated more about every president. Their need for confidants and trust was evident and important to learn about. How, even those that history may not appreciate, that they were all extremely helpful and knowledgable and appreciative of America and their successors and predecessors.. I really loved every bit of the book. I can't think of even one criticism.
I like listinening to my books at 3x the speed and when going that fast he was still very clear and understandable.
One of the top stories-restored my faith in all the men who have held the job of President since Truman. It is high level gossip about the workings of the Presidency and the comradarie that they held for one another, given that only they know how difficult a job it is..I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was disappointed when it came to the end, as I could not listen to any more stories..
For me there is no comparison - it felt unique.
No - I liked prolonging the read as I used it on my daily walks - it was a treat that I looked forward to every day.
I gained more respect for the office and it made me more hopeful about politics overall.
nice.....not THRILLING....but nice. Just ok in my book. Was hoping for more but it just wasn't there. If you are that interested in the ex Presidents then read their biographies. Nothing new here.
We vote them into the highest office in the land; we make them superstars; we envy their savoir faire; and we want them to be greater than the sum of the parts they had to play to get there. And, they aren't. They may fool the rest of us, but they can't fool one another, and politics is a nasty business. Favors are won, favors paid back, sneers never quite forgotten, and that is where this book becomes fascinating. Helping or hating, criticizing or praising -- they are members of an exclusive club, and each brings something unique to the table.. In reading it, you find Eisenhower was a general all of his life and bears a good deal of responsibility for what happened in Vietnam and that Nixon was far nastier than we knew. You find that Ford really did take the fall for the good of the country, and that Kennedy was like an uncertain prep school freshman when the Bay of Pigs fiasco blew up. about some things and infinitely wise about others. Johnson's tragedy becomes your own. You discover some of Ronald Reagan's unexpected cohorts, and, if you are like me at all, you will come away with a different view of the Presidency and the men who occupy that American throne. It is a great book to listen to while working out!