The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs
Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

56%

10 Critic Reviews

“The Presidents Club” tries its best to unfold in an orderly way. But the subject matter can get very tangled, because so many of the presidents’ relationships with one another have spanned decades.
-NY Times

Synopsis

The inside story of the world's most exclusive
fraternity; how presidents from Hoover through Obama worked with--and
sometimes, against--each other when they were in and out of power.
 

About Nancy Gibbs

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Nancy Gibbs is the deputy managing editor of Time magazine and coauthor with Michael Duffy of the New York Times bestseller The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House.Michael Duffy is Time’s executive editor and Washington bureau chief and directs coverage of presidents, politics, and national affairs for the magazine.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 658 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Apr 18 2012

“The Presidents Club” tries its best to unfold in an orderly way. But the subject matter can get very tangled, because so many of the presidents’ relationships with one another have spanned decades.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Mar 19 2012

While this work could have used some pruning, it is canny, vivid, and informative on an important and little-explored subject.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by David Greenberg on Aug 09 2012

Much of this book is gossipy, not a little of it frivolous, some of it familiar and at least one story erroneous...More problematic, its celebration of bipartisanship can let us forget that the Washington consensus sometimes demands not affirmation but skepticism.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Desowitz on Apr 18 2012

Likewise, The Presidents Club is a lucid and well-written glimpse into the modern presidency and its self-sustaining shadow organization. It's worth reading and rereading for its behind-the-scenes insights.

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St. Louis Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Harry Levins on Apr 21 2012

The book bears the subtitle "Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity." True, the book has some truly inside material — for example, Nixon's unending quest to erase the shame of Watergate and Carter's tendency toward loose-cannon status.

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Harvard Political Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Ross Svenson on Jun 12 2012

These varied examples are just some that Gibbs and Duffy provide in detailing the ex-presidency, but they all show how a president never truly leaves power.

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Tampa Bay Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Chris Patsilelis on Jun 03 2012

Meticulously, they describe our modern presidents' relationships and motivations and how those attributes bear upon the shaping of our nation's history.

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ArcaMax

Below average
Reviewed by David Greenberg on Apr 27 2012

Much of this book is gossipy, not a little of it frivolous, some of it familiar, and at least one story erroneous.

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Scott D Parker

Good
Reviewed by Scott Parker on Jun 06 2012

There are so many little stories in this book that it makes for some highly entertaining reading.

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BooksReview4U

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Apr 24 2012

But there’s not quite enough to justify this book’s closing burst of canned lyricism about fond, eternally simpatico commanders in chief learning to take the long view.

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