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Team of Five

The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump
Written by: Kate Andersen Brower
Length: 12 hrs

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From the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Residence and First Women - also a New York Times best seller - comes a poignant, news-making look at the lives of the five former presidents in the wake of their White House years, including the surprising friendships they have formed through shared perspective and empathy.

After serving the highest office of American government, five men - Jimmy Carter, the late George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama - became members of the world’s most exclusive fraternity. In Team of Five, Kate Andersen Brower goes beyond the White House to uncover what, exactly, comes after the presidency, offering a glimpse into the complex relationships of these five former presidents, and how each of these men views his place in a nation that has been upended by the Oval Office’s current, norm-breaking occupant, President Donald Trump.

With an empathetic yet critical eye and firsthand testimony from the Carters, Donald Trump, and the top aides, friends, and family members of the five former presidents, Team of Five takes us inside the exclusive world of these powerful men and their families, including the unlikely friendship between George W. Bush and Michelle Obama, the last private visits Bill Clinton and Barack Obama shared with George H. W. Bush, and the Obamas’ flight to Palm Springs after Donald Trump’s inauguration. This insightful, illuminating book overflows with anecdotes about how the ex-presidents are working to combat President Trump’s attempts to undo the achievements and hard work accomplished during their own terms.

Perhaps most poignantly, Team of Five sheds light on the inherent loneliness and inevitable feelings of powerlessness and frustration that come with no longer being the most important person in the world, but a leader with only symbolic power. There are ways, though, that these men, and their wives, have become powerful political and cultural forces in American life, even as so-called “formers”. 

©2020 Kate Andersen Brower (P)2020 HarperAudio

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  • California
  • 2020-05-27

Inspiring and encouraging!

Exploration of interrelationships and teamwork between living former US presidents in the pursuit of advancing the greater good for humanity; however there is an underlying theme that Trump could not, would not, nor want to, be a part of this, demonstrated by his own words and actions.

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  • Robert Pallay
  • 2020-06-04

Fascinating leaders

An entertaining book about our Presidents. Lots of good stories and humor. But sadness about where Trump May fit.

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  • Eugenia
  • 2020-05-29

Not Insightful Enough, But Entertaining

I really enjoyed parts of this book with glimpses behind the scenes, but for the most part, it was too heavy handed with over-the-top praise about the elder Bush. At times it felt like the author was putting her own feelings onto her subjects with scant tribute to Obama and a very critical eye to Carter.
I certainly don't mean to imply that it should be partisan, where only the presidents that I like should be praised and the others reviled, but the author seemed very biased toward the Bush family.
I did like the way the author wove in all the horrible Trump behaviors in contrast to the elegant and personable, I also enjoyed the perspective of the ex-presidents as they adjusted to civilian life. This really made me wonder how such a blowhard egoist sociopath as Trump can endure being out of office. Pretty scary....

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  • Jamie Stout
  • 2020-05-26

Intriguing

I like how it went through all the administrations. It highlights weaknesses and strengths. Page turner!

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  • Andrea
  • 2020-05-25

Better Than Expected

This turned out to be a straight thru listen for me. Very interesting look into the personal lives, character and relationships between Presidents past and present. Left me with even more respect toward the Bush first families HW (41) and W (43). Respect because of how they respected the Office, of the Presidency and deemed it of greater import than their personal role within it. It was heartening to hear of the unwritten rules historically kept between past and current Presidents. Rules of decency and decorum that have unfortunately been completely lost with the current administration. Very entertaining and enjoyable read that aptly characterized the "humanity" of former Presidents. Good history lesson with excellent narration.