book reviews on books I've read
This book is a must-read for political junkies. It describes the relationships between former presidents and the current one. The club began with Truman and Hoover. Hoover was an unpopular president, but Truman put him in charge of feeding Europe after WWII. Basically, there’s a code within the club that former presidents may not agree with the current president, but they should respect the office. This is probably why President Obama made the gesture to attend the opening of the George W. Bush presidential library today. It also explains why George W. Bush said he “owed Barrack Obama his silence” when Obama took office in 2008. One of the most startling facts to come out of this book for me was Eisenhower’s support of Lyndon Johnson’s commitment to Vietnam in the beginning of Johnson’s presidency. He changed his opinion, however, as the war lingered on, and stated that he felt Johnson was using him later. There was also a lot of interaction between Ronald Regan and Richard Nixon before Nixon was elected, when Regan was a Democrat. I was surprised to find this out as well.
The book is an easy read, and it’s easy to use as a reference, too, because the chapters are clearly titled as to who’s president at the time. I highly recommend this book. The authors bring their experience as editors of Time, my favorite magazine, to the writing.