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Life after power : seven presidents and their search for purpose beyond the White House / Jared Cohen.

Cohen, Jared, 1981- (author.).

Former presidents have an unusual place in American life. King George III believed that George Washington's departure after two terms made him "the greatest character of the age." But Alexander Hamilton worried former presidents might "[wander] among the people like ghosts." They were both right. Life After Power tells the story of seven former presidents, from the founding to today. Each changed history. Each offered lessons about how to decide what to do in the next chapter of life. Thomas Jefferson was the first former president to accomplish great things after the White House, shaping public debates and founding the University of Virginia, a feat he included on his tombstone, while omitting his presidencey. John Quincy Adams served in Congress and became a leading abolitionist, passing the torch to Abraham Lincoln. Grover Cleveland was the only president in American history to serve a nonconsecutive term. William Howard Taft became chief justice of the Supreme Court. Herbert Hoover shaped the modern conservation movement, led relief efforts after World War II, reorganized the executive branch, and reconciled John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Jimmy Carter had the longest post-presidency in American history, advancing humanitarian causes, human rights, and peace. George W. Bush made a clean break from politics, bringing back George Washington's precedent and reminding the public that the institution of the presidency is greater than any one person. Jared Cohen explores the untold stories in the final chapters of these president's lives, offering a gripping and illuminating account of how they went from president of the United States one day to ordinary citizens the next. He tells how they handled very human problems of ego, finances, and questions about their legacy and mortality. In showing how they made history after the White House, Life After Power tells the stories of what's possible in the next chapter, and how to get it right.

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  • ISBN: 9781982154547
  • ISBN: 1982154543
  • Physical Description: xxi, 486 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-467) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Preface -- Introduction -- A lifelong member -- A second act -- The comeback -- A dream deferred -- Recovery -- The former -- Moving on -- Conclusion.
Subject: Ex-presidents > United States > History > Case studies.
Ex-presidents > United States > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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