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.
One of the best histories I have listened to because of the personal characterization it brought to our modern presidencies. I have relived the history of my youth with details that were not known to the public at that time in order to illustrate the relationships ex-presidents have with current presidents. It gives you a new outlook on presidents you thought you knew.
If you're interested in presidential politics this book is for you. You will learn things that you could not have imagined. More amazing than fiction. Well researched, well presented, a facinator that I couldn't stop listening to and at the same time didn't want it to end!
Yes - but I didn't do it.
I enjoyed it so much that I ordered the book on Amazon and gave it to a very good friend for her birthday.
This is a must read for students of American History, or those curious about the modern days presidents and their relations. It may very well change your perception about one or two of the last ten or so presidents.
We enjoyed listening to this and had a lot to talk about during and after we heard the book. The political caricitures become human characters. The polarizing black and white of each era is dispelled by welcome persepective.
There are human beings, mere human beings, who could make the choice to destroy our planet. The President of the United States is one of these people. This is an unimaginable burden.
The Presidents??? Club traces the relationships between various Presidents. The main theme is that that only former Presidents can understand the enormity and immense loneliness of the position. There are tears, heartbreak ??? the raw emotions of immense egos, greed, compassion, wisdom, fear, love ??? and that ever present question: how will the future judge me. We are given images of Reagan teaching Clinton how to salute, Clinton???s advice on making speeches being sought by Bush 43, Truman being ignored by Ike, the deep friendship between Bush 41 and Clinton, the personal as well as political challenges presented to Johnson and Ford following the Kennedy assassination, Nixon fixated on self redemption, Carter with almost unrestrained idealism. Of particular poignancy was the relationship between the two Bushes.
The reader is taken through presidential relationships in a calm, factual manner, supported by an authoritative but tired narrator. To my mind, this book amounted to a well researched, very lengthy magazine article. Different points of view were rarely included ??? that would have detracted from the narrative. Instead it sounds like homage to the positive presidential relationships, and almost a dismissal of those who really didn???t want to play the games of this club.
I don???t feel that the disorder, the messiness and brutality, the fears, bewildering information, the brinkmanship, the risks, and the immense decisions emerging from the constant avalanche of advice, were sufficiently explored.
Sentimentality pervades this account. The authors seem driven to discover -- or imagine, or create -- threads of a presidential family.
Very informative and real behind the scenes activities and relationships explored. Also I found it interesting the closeness of the past Presidents, even though the public had a very different perception because of media.
No - I would consider more.
The same as the book - It is a "club" and after listening to the book, I now understand why.
joe the shmoe
I felt like I was allowed inside an amazing secret society.
Whether I loved these individuals or not, I had a new appreciation for the sheer terror the office of President must often present.
His reading brings a lyrical timing to the prose much like Sinatra did for a song.
This book focuses on the interactions between the Presidents. It only used history as a narrative to give depth to the reasons why past Presidents work with current ones. I am in my 30's and found it very interesting to see how much Eisenhower helped Kennedy. How involved Reagan was in national politics before he became President in the 80's. The stories were extremely interesting to history buffs. I actually wish that they had spent more time on the Clinton/Bush II years and less on Nixon, but overall it was a very interesting read.