First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the


    First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the and one became president after his boss s resignation John Nance Garner, FDR s first vice president, famously said the vice presidency is not worth a bucket of warm piss later cleaned up to warm spit But things have changed dramatically in recent years In interviews with than two hundred people, including former vice presidents, their family members, and insiders and confidants of every president since Jimmy Carter, Kate Andersen Brower pulls back the curtain and reveals the sometimes cold, sometimes close, and always complicated relationship between our modern presidents and their vice presidentsBrower took us inside the lives of the White House staff and gave us an intimate look at the modern First Ladies now, in her signature style, she introduces us to the second most powerful men in the world, exploring the lives and roles of thirteen modern vice presidents eight Republicans and five Democrats And she shares surprising revelations about the relationship between former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama and how Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump interact behind closed doorsFrom rivals to coworkers, there is a very tangible sense of admiration mixed with jealousy and resentment in nearly all these relationships between the number two and his boss, even the best ones, Brower reveals Vice presidents owe their position to the president, a connection that affects not only how they are perceived but also their possible future as a presidential candidate which is tied, for better or worse, to the president they serve George H W Bush and Ronald Reagan had a famously prickly relationship during theprimary, yet Bush would not have been elected president inwithout Reagan s high approval rating Al Gore sloss, meanwhile, could be attributed to the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal and Bill Clinton s impeachment Current Vice President Mike Pence is walking a high stakes political tightrope as he tries to reassure anxious Republicans while staying on his boss s good sideThis rich dynamic between the president and the vice president has never been fully explored or understood Compelling and deeply reported, grounded in history and politics, and full of previously untold and incredibly personal stories, First In Line pierces the veil of secrecy enveloping this historic political office to offer us a candid portrait of what it s truly like to be a heartbeat away."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power
  • Kate Andersen Brower
  • 08 June 2019
  • 0062668943

10 thoughts on “First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power

  1. Jean Jean says:

    This is an easy readable book Brower is a journalist and writes in that style Because she is not a historian, facts are presented but there is no historical analysis or academic documentation The book is well written and researched Brower tells the history of the vice presidents and how the method of choosing the VP to his role in office has changed over the history of our country Brower states no one wants to be the vice president Nine vice presidents have become president after the presi This is an easy readable book Brower is a journalist and writes in that style Because she is not a historian, facts are presented but there is no historical analysis or academic documentation The book is well written and researched Brower tells the history of the vice presidents and how the method of choosing the VP to his role in office has changed over the history of our country Brower states no one wants to be the vice president Nine vice presidents have become president after the president either died, was assassinated or resigned Of those vice presidents who became presidents, Brower states some have been poor presidents and some became significant presidents.Brower provided a brief biography of the vice presidents since Truman to the most current one I found the information about Dan Quayle and Mike Pence interesting and new to me all the others I was quite familiar with The book starts off strong but becomes gossipy in the last half The author might have done better shorting the book and making itconcise Over all, I enjoyed the book and did pick up some new information about vice presidents The author has triggered me to want to read some biographies about some of the vice presidents.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is almost eleven hours Fred Sanders does a good job narrating the book Sanders is an actor, voice over artist and audiobook narrator I would give this book 3.5 stars, but unable to do halves, so gave it a 4


  2. Alisa Alisa says:

    Enlightening close up view of the relationship dynamic between the President and Vice President from Eisenhower through the early days of Trump Pence taking office There were some revelatory tidbits sprinkled in these pages and it is clear the author gleaned quite a bit of perspective by talking to several of the veeps as well What the book highlighted for me was the difference between what we see portrayed in the media and the reality of what goes on behind the scenes There is also a fair am Enlightening close up view of the relationship dynamic between the President and Vice President from Eisenhower through the early days of Trump Pence taking office There were some revelatory tidbits sprinkled in these pages and it is clear the author gleaned quite a bit of perspective by talking to several of the veeps as well What the book highlighted for me was the difference between what we see portrayed in the media and the reality of what goes on behind the scenes There is also a fair amount of info about the Second Ladies and how they wielded influence on their husbands, somethan others Not a deep historical perspective, a little gossipy, and at times jumps around, but thought provoking VP might be the worst, powerless, thankless, role in US politics that enjoys outsized popularity Yet they are only a heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world Thanks to Goodreads, I received this book gratis in exchange for an honest review


  3. Mary Mary says:

    Apart from some occasional behind the scenes gossip, I found the book to be disappointing First of all it was not organized chronologically, which would have made the contents easier to follow Secondly, and perhapsto the point, much of the contents amount to a retelling of events I was already familiar with I did do a double take, however, at the idea that Dick Cheney apparently has a sense of humor That, at least, was something that would not have otherwise occurred to me


  4. Andrew Shaffer Andrew Shaffer says:

    Just here for the Biden chapter.


  5. Csparrenberger Csparrenberger says:

    Well, let s see what we have here A book about Vice Presidents that starts off really interesting Lots of interesting facts and tidbits Good reading so far Then comes the second half of the book which becomes very biased for certain Vice Presidents and very biased against certain Vice Presidents Almost like watching the cable news channels Book starts strong and finishes weak Too bad, there was a lot of potential here with this topic.


  6. Kent Kent says:

    I was pretty much riveted by all the anecdotes from the working personal relationships of modern VPs and their respective POTUSes from Vice President Nixon and President Eisenhower all the way up through Vice President Pence and President Trump Some tidbits include Nixon could not please Eisenhower, who told reporters they d have to get back to him on a single accomplishment of Nixon during his VP years in Eisenhower s administration LBJ fared little better under JFK, until JFK died then I was pretty much riveted by all the anecdotes from the working personal relationships of modern VPs and their respective POTUSes from Vice President Nixon and President Eisenhower all the way up through Vice President Pence and President Trump Some tidbits include Nixon could not please Eisenhower, who told reporters they d have to get back to him on a single accomplishment of Nixon during his VP years in Eisenhower s administration LBJ fared little better under JFK, until JFK died then he got the cherry he wanted Humphrey was treated the same ways under LBJ Reagan wanted former Pres Ford as his VP, but Ford wanted too much and finally declined, so Reagan felt compelled to ask George H W Bush, though he was rankled by Bush s comments during the primary about Reagan s voodoo economics Earlier when Ford ran against Carter, his advisers begged him to select Reagan, but Ford absolutely would not, rankled that Reagan had ran a primary against him, a sitting president Mondale and Carter transformed the vice presidency Clinton defied political wisdom in selecting Al Gore, but he still won Clinton and Gore s relationship started off strong but declined, especially when the Lewinsky scandal came to light.The book doesn t move in chronological order but highlights various aspects of the vice presidency and then uses the modern vice presidents as illustrations, so that you re bouncing between administrations, which keeps the reader s interest The last two chapters, however, focused on Biden and Obama, and Pence and Trump, respectively These two chapters felt farsubjective than the rest of the book


  7. Mark Williams Mark Williams says:

    An enjoyable read, but not to the extent of her previous bestselling books The Residence and First Women In her acknowledgements, Brower writes, I hope I have managed to provide a glimpse into the relationship between the two most powerful people in the country Mission accomplished However, that is why I choose three stars as a rating It was only a glimpse, and the stories she shared often left me wantinginformation On multiple occasions, I stopped reading to hop on Google to dive d An enjoyable read, but not to the extent of her previous bestselling books The Residence and First Women In her acknowledgements, Brower writes, I hope I have managed to provide a glimpse into the relationship between the two most powerful people in the country Mission accomplished However, that is why I choose three stars as a rating It was only a glimpse, and the stories she shared often left me wantinginformation On multiple occasions, I stopped reading to hop on Google to dive deeper into certain situations or people In hindsight, I wish I had read this right as it came out, as the information on the current administration would have been fun to have read earlier and reflected back on over the past two years I am looking forward to reading her recent release Team of Five


  8. Katie Katie says:

    I was hoping this book would coverabout vice presidents that weren t so recent, but a good portion of it is about Biden and Pence and it was really hard to not just skip the sections about Pence That being said, I did enjoy learning about all the squabbles between Reagan Ford Bush It s also funny just how many quotes there are about vice presidents who hate the position There s a lot of jumping around in the narrative, so I think the strongest parts are actually the falling out between I was hoping this book would coverabout vice presidents that weren t so recent, but a good portion of it is about Biden and Pence and it was really hard to not just skip the sections about Pence That being said, I did enjoy learning about all the squabbles between Reagan Ford Bush It s also funny just how many quotes there are about vice presidents who hate the position There s a lot of jumping around in the narrative, so I think the strongest parts are actually the falling out between Clinton and Gore, and the focus at the end on the relationship between Biden and Obama, which was surprising to me that it started off rocky I think I would have liked this better if it had been chronological.Seeof my reviews Blog Instagram


  9. jenna jenna says:

    i try but i m not a fan of the author every book starts off strong and interesting and then becomes repetitive and boring as it goes on she also always shows a bias when discussing politicians she obviously has preference for the topic was interesting and in the beginning i actually forgot who the author was but quickly remembered as it went on and i found myself re reading sentences she had used in earlier chapters overall, good topic, poor author, would have been muchinteresting an i try but i m not a fan of the author every book starts off strong and interesting and then becomes repetitive and boring as it goes on she also always shows a bias when discussing politicians she obviously has preference for the topic was interesting and in the beginning i actually forgot who the author was but quickly remembered as it went on and i found myself re reading sentences she had used in earlier chapters overall, good topic, poor author, would have been muchinteresting and insightful if this was written by someone else


  10. Leah Leah says:

    This book was completely fascinating I basically know nothing about vice presidents except for Biden and that s only because I read his book a few months ago And I never really thought much as to how why they are chosen in present day So interesting, no matter which side you are on.


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First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power❮Read❯ ➲ First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power Author Kate Andersen Brower – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk From the author of the New York Times bestsellers First Women and The Residence, an intimate, news making look at the men who are next in line to the most powerful office in the world the vice preside From the author of the New York Times Line: Presidents, PDF ↠ bestsellers First Women and The Residence, an intimate, news making look at the men who are next in line to the most powerful office in First in Epub / the world the vice presidents of the modern era from Richard Nixon to Joe Biden to Mike PenceVice presidents occupy a unique and important position, living partway in the spotlight and part in the in Line: Presidents, PDF º wings Of the forty eight vice presidents who have served the United States, fourteen have become president eight of these have risen to the Oval Office because of a president s death or assassination, and one became president after his boss s resignation John Nance Garner, FDR s first vice president, famously said the vice presidency is not worth a bucket of warm piss later cleaned up to warm spit But things have changed dramatically in recent years In interviews with than two hundred people, including former vice presidents, their family members, and insiders and confidants of every president since Jimmy Carter, Kate Andersen Brower pulls back the curtain and reveals the sometimes cold, sometimes close, and always complicated relationship between our modern presidents and their vice presidentsBrower took us inside the lives of the White House staff and gave us an intimate look at the modern First Ladies now, in her signature style, she introduces us to the second most powerful men in the world, exploring the lives and roles of thirteen modern vice presidents eight Republicans and five Democrats And she shares surprising revelations about the relationship between former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama and how Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump interact behind closed doorsFrom rivals to coworkers, there is a very tangible sense of admiration mixed with jealousy and resentment in nearly all these relationships between the number two and his boss, even the best ones, Brower reveals Vice presidents owe their position to the president, a connection that affects not only how they are perceived but also their possible future as a presidential candidate which is tied, for better or worse, to the president they serve George H W Bush and Ronald Reagan had a famously prickly relationship during theprimary, yet Bush would not have been elected president inwithout Reagan s high approval rating Al Gore sloss, meanwhile, could be attributed to the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal and Bill Clinton s impeachment Current Vice President Mike Pence is walking a high stakes political tightrope as he tries to reassure anxious Republicans while staying on his boss s good sideThis rich dynamic between the president and the vice president has never been fully explored or understood Compelling and deeply reported, grounded in history and politics, and full of previously untold and incredibly personal stories, First In Line pierces the veil of secrecy enveloping this historic political office to offer us a candid portrait of what it s truly like to be a heartbeat away.


About the Author: Kate Andersen Brower

Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the Line: Presidents, PDF ↠ New York Times bestseller THE RESIDENCE and the New York Times bestseller FIRST WOMEN She has written for the New York Times, the Washington First in Epub / Post, Vanity Fair and Time She spent four years covering the Obama White House for Bloomberg News and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer She lives outside Washington, DC, with in Line: Presidents, PDF º her husband, their two toddlers, and their wheaten terrier named Chance.