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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”. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2020 Kate Andersen Brower (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Remembering decency

How refreshing it is to be reminded of a class of decency and how to demonstrate a life of integrity.
Thank you Kate Andersen Brower.
Lessons here for life, not just for former Presidents.

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  • Jean
  • 18-06-2020

Fascinating

In spite of having read the biographies or memoirs of all the five presidents and their wives, I found this book most interesting.

The book is well written and researched. The author conducted interviews with all the parties involved. The majority of information was about their post presidential lives and their relationships with each other. I felt there was some bias against President Trump, but I felt the author went out of her way to point out positives about Trump and in particular his positive relationships with White House servants and his grandchildren. Brower points out that in an interview Trump stated he will not be a part of the “President Club” as his role is to be a different type of president. Brower pointed out that none of the prior presidents have broken the rule to speak out against a sitting president. I noted the excellent relationship between the Bush, Clinton and Obama families, but the Carters were on the outside. Brower spent some time with the Carters and their humanitarian work with their foundation. Brower covers which president asked prior presidents to help out and how they did their jobs. If you have never read about these presidents, this is a good overview of them and how they have risen above politics. Overall, an excellent read.

The book is nine hours and fifty minutes. Erin Bennett does an excellent job narrating the book. Bennett is an actress and voice-over artist. She has won many Earphone Awards and has been nominated for the Audie Award.

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  • Andrea
  • 25-05-2020

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.

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  • Robert M.Plevel
  • 06-06-2020

informative

excellently written, so many things learned from this well written, informative book, very well researched

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  • Jamie Stout
  • 26-05-2020

Intriguing

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

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  • Starchar
  • 12-06-2020

Great insight to past presidents and their families

I listen to a lot of books, most of them biographies, political, or historical. This book is my current favorite. Lots of great behind the scenes info on how our recent presidents treated the White House staff, their cabinet and political staff members, and each other. It’s one of the few books that I wish was longer. I listened to it all in one sitting.

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  • Robert Pallay
  • 04-06-2020

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
  • 29-05-2020

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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  • Reta A. Mckannan
  • 24-06-2020

Loved it.

Wonderful detail for current political and social climate and to consider what the Club will be like going forward.

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  • bigler J stouffer
  • 18-06-2020

Dislikes Trump

It's obvious writer has an agenda. The book has interesting details about the other presidents, but is apparent this is a targeted book..... sell more books i guess?

OK a best!

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  • California
  • 27-05-2020

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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Five Out of Five for Team of Five

This wonderful book gave me a deeper understanding and better appreciation about the lives and personalities of the five former US presidents - Carter, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama. The author has done an excellent job in showing the humanity of these once most powerful men in the world during their time. It also made me realise that following the nightly news does not give one an accurate nor complete view of the world. George H. W. Bush's calling for a kinder, gentler nation is exactly what the United States and the world need now. With a new president in the White House, I hope we can all give him a chance to make it happen.

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