The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy

The Presidents Club

By Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy

  • Release Date: 2012-04-17
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4.5
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The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. Among their secrets: How Jack Kennedy tried to blame Ike for the Bay of Pigs. How Ike quietly helped Reagan win his first race in 1966. How Richard Nixon conspired with Lyndon Johnson to get elected and then betrayed him. How Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter turned a deep enmity into an alliance. The unspoken pact between a father and son named Bush. And the roots of the rivalry between Clinton and Barack Obama.

Time magazine editors and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy offer a new and revealing lens on the American presidency, exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.


  • Couldn't wait for the end to write the review

    By Yvesdemontreal
    It is history written in a different way. A must read for anybody that follows the American presidential history.
  • Spectacular

    By Shablabar
    I couldn’t put it down—and was sad to finish it. I would have liked at least something about pre-Truman presidents, but I suppose the original sources would not have been as plentiful. Perhaps a topic for a future book?