Second Acts

Second Acts

Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House

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…entertaining and illuminating…--The Washington Post
...lively accounts....This engrossing book [is] Highly recommended for public libraries.--Library Journal

…for those interested in the former presidents, this popular history will do the trick.-- Publishers Weekly

...revealing in detail and context--Kirkus Reviews
Mark K. Updegrove’s Second Acts is a smart and provocative look at the most exclusive club in America – ex-presidents. Highly recommended!
—Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History and Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Tulane University



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F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “There are no second acts in American lives,” but more and more, our former presidents are proving him wrong. No longer fading into the background upon leaving the highest office in the land, former presidents perform valuable services as political advisors and international emissaries. From Eisenhower taking Kennedy to the woodshed (literally) on the Bay of Pigs crisis, to Carter earning the Nobel Peace Prize, to Bush Sr. and Clinton joining forces for tsunami and Katrina relief, the author examines the increasingly important roles that former presidents have in our nation and throughout the world.

Through interviews with former presidents, first ladies, family members, friends, and staffers, the author also delves into the very human stories that take place as ex-presidents adjust to life and attempt to shape their historical legacies.
 


 



?entertaining and illuminating?--The Washington Post
...lively accounts....This engrossing book [is] Highly recommended for public libraries.--Library Journal

?for those interested in the former presidents, this popular history will do the trick.-- Publishers Weekly

...revealing in detail and context--Kirkus Reviews
Mark K. Updegrove’s Second Acts is a smart and provocative look at the most exclusive club in America ? ex-presidents. Highly recommended!
?Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History and Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Tulane University



Book News
This work profiles the post-presidential lives and careers of Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. The author's narratives, reconstructed in the main from journalistic sources, treat activities and events serious (Jimmy Carter's work with Habitat for Humanity and the Carter Center), personally tragic (Ronald Reagan's steady decline in health), and relatively trivial (George H.W. Bush's skydiving exploits). Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781592289424
1592289428
Branch Call Number: 973.099 Up1s
Characteristics: xxiv, 321 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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