The power and responsibility of the office of U.S. president make it a lonely job. As John Kennedy once said, “Only the President himself can know what his real pressures and his real alternatives are.” Yet in that solitary office, the Chief Executive is also a member of an exclusive “club.” Throughout our history American presidents have been able to rely on the experience and insights of their predecessors and have sometimes crossed party lines to form productive friendships with their political enemies. We will use The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity
by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy (Simon & Schuster, Reprint Edition, 2013) to examine the intertwined (and sometimes tangled) relationships of our post-World War II presidents to discover how they helped shape the presidency and our modern history. Participation will include reading, home study/research, presentations, and discussions. Participants need access to email, the ability to open Word attachments and PDF documents, and follow links to material online.