First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition.
vii, 641 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Truman and Hoover : the return of the exile. "I'm not big enough for this job" ; "Our exclusive trade union" -- Eisenhower and Truman : careful courtship, bitter breakup. "The news hounds are trying to drive a wedge between us" ; "The man is a congenital liar" -- Kennedy and his club : the hazing. "He had no idea of the complexity of the job" ; "The worse I do, the more popular I get" ; "How about coming in for a drink?" -- Johnson and Eisenhower : blood brothers. "The country is far more important than any of us" ; "I need your counsel, and I love you" -- Nixon and Reagan : the California boys. "You'll have my promise-- I'll speak no evil" -- Johnson and Nixon : two scorpions in a bottle. "This is treason" ; "I want to go; God take me" -- Nixon and Johnson : brotherhood and blackmail. "I want the break-in" -- Nixon and Ford : mercy at all costs. "I had to get the monkey off my back" -- Ford and Reagan : the family feud. "It burned the hell out of me" -- Nixon, Ford, and Carter : three men and a funeral. "Why don't we make it just Dick, Jimmy, and Jerry?" -- Reagan and Nixon : the exile returns. "I am yours to command" -- Bush and Nixon : no good deed goes unpunished. "I'm convinced-- he feels I'm soft" -- Bush and Carter : the missionary goes rogue. "I am a better ex-president that I was a president" -- Six presidents : the golden age of the club. "The guy knows how the game is played" ; "I'm sending Carter. You think it will be OK, don't you" ; "Bill, I think you have to admit that you lied" -- Bush and Clinton : the rascal and the rebel. "He's never forgiven me for beating his father" -- Bush and Bush : father and son. "I love you more than tongue can tell" ; "Tell 41 and 42 that 43 is hungry" -- Obama and his club : the learning curve. "We want you to succeed."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 531-609) and index.
Examines presidential power within the context of U.S. history and the ongoing relationships presidents and ex-presidents formed with one another.
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