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The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs
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Jul 14, 2012

really liked it
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Read from July 14 to August 10, 2012

Fascinating insights into the loneliness of the Presidential office and how the predecessors played a role into important decisions. I was put off by some early editorial mistakes, including a big one--the references to George McBundy were that he was McGeorge Bundy (sloppy!!!!). Overall, I enjoyed the book and it refreshed my memory on some incidents and gave good insights into the various personalities and how they operated. Too much on Nixon. How many times do we have to be reminded of what a snake he was? Why wasn't there anything about Reagan and his purported assertion to "tear down this wall Mr. Gorbachev"? What was its timing? Is this true or not? If so, why do we hear this regularly now? I gained much more admiration for Hoover than ever before (Truman enlisting him to assist in the disastrous hunger situation in Europe and the famous Hoover Commission which largely reorganized the government). Why wasn't Truman's decision about dropping the bomb in Japan addressed? I had more sympathy for Johnson, who did so much but who was destroyed by the Vietnam War. Slanted toward the Democratic Presidents? Maybe, just maybe.

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Elizabeth The book had some errors and unsubstantiated assertions, but McGeroge Bundy IS the correct name.

Susan Hester Yes, I know--thank you!

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