With Europe in chaos at the end of WWII, President Harry Truman called on a logistical genius to sort out food delivery to Europe …disgraced former president Herbert Hoover. Hours after he was sworn in, Lyndon Johnson told Dwight Eisenhower, “I need you more than ever.” From political exile, Richard Nixon phoned Ronald Reagan with advice on the Soviet Union, and Reagan took it on himself to teach Bill Clinton how to salute. In the next Truth Politics and Power, Host Neal Conan talks with Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, the authors of “The Presidents Club,” about the co-operation, competition and consolation among presidents and their predecessors.
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Michael Duffy is a contributing editor of Time magazine. He joined Time as Pentagon Correspondent in 1985. He’s also covered Congress and the White House and has served as Washington Bureau chief. He has been honored with two Gerald R. Ford Awards; in 1994 for White House reporting and in 2005 for defense and national security reporting. He has written more than 50 cover articles for the magazine.
Nancy Gibbs is the former editor of Time magazine. She started at the magazine in 1985 and moved up the ranks. In 2013 she became the magazine’s top editor, the first woman to hold the position. In more than 30 years, Gibbs has written more than 100 cover articles for Time.