president clubThe Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity – Nancy Gibbs and Michael McDuffy (2012 Nonfiction)

Although there is no official club, the only way to join this elite group is to be a past president of the United States. Gibbs and McDuffy explore in detail the relationships of past and present presidents, beginning with President Truman who enlisted the aid of Herbert Hoover to coordinate and oversee getting food supplies to 100 million starving Europeans after WWII. It highlights the cooperation, sometimes intrigue and betrayal, of past presidents with the sitting Commander in Chief. There is no party bias in this account and it is endlessly fascinating. A long book (over 650 pages including an extensive bibliography and attributions), it is available from the Castro Valley Library.

Reviewed by Carol Lyke