Inside Camp David
- The Private World of the Presidential Retreat
- Narrated by: Michael Giorgione
- Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-24-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Camp David is American diplomacy's secret weapon. The home of the 2015 GCC and 2012 G8 summits, the 2000 Peace Summit, and the 1978 Peace Accords, the camp has played a vital role in American history over the past century, inviting presidents and international leaders alike to converge, converse, and, perhaps most importantly, relax.
A peaceful mountaintop setting crucially removed from the constant scrutiny of the press, Camp David has served as both a site of critical diplomacy and unparalleled tranquility. It is where President and Mrs. Reagan rode horses through the mountains, where Gerald Ford could take a moment to jump on a trampoline with his daughter, where Nixon rode shotgun with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, and where Jimmy Carter could find the ultimate flight-sledding - only to break his clavicle two weeks before the end of his tenure. Under the pressure and stress, it is easy to forget that those occupying the highest seat in the land are, at the end of the day, human, but at Camp David, we finally get to see these leaders at their most vulnerable, their most unguarded, and as their most true selves.
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By Richard on 02-03-18
Filled w compelling anecdotes and feeling
This insider ( a one time Commander of the Navy team that operates CAmp David) is a warm, compassionate, insightful story teller. Not in the least bit partisan, he provided a truly human and anecdote rich story of the truly unique place. Only downside: in a few places the stories for a bit long winded. But thoroughly enjoyed it.
By Max S on 11-06-17
Intimate Presidential History of Camp David
Wonderfully written and narrated book that provided first hand and meticulously researched history of Camp David. Honestly I was stunned at this masterfully crafted work of literature. The introduction to Camp David in the first few pages was vivid and almost poetic, not something I expected from a military officer. This first hand account of the presidents at their most unguarded moments was intimate and a reminder that the leaders of the free world are human. In just a few pages the author destroyed long standing stereotypes of mine about several presidents. One would have to read ten plus biographies of the presidents since FDR to gain a glimmer of this kind of insight. Almost all of our nation's leaders were fans of Camp David, and I think anyone who reads or listens to this book will be too. This book is a MUST read for history buffs, presidential scholars, and military officers to name just a few. As an avid TV critic and unabashed reality TV junkie, I believe this book could be the basis of a major motion picture, TV mini-series (think History Channel with 1 episode for each president), or prime time TV series loosely based on historical events. Whatever the case, I hope to see more from the author, Michael Giorgione.