Now with a chapter on the chaos in the Trump administration, the New York Times bestselling, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions-and inactions-have defined the course of our country. What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States-as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and a relative handful of others. The chiefs of staff, often referred to as "the gatekeepers," wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS's agenda, and-most crucially-enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks. Through extensive, intimate interviews with eighteen living chiefs (including Reince Priebus) and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker's expert managing of the White House, the press, and Capitol Hill paved the way for the Reagan Revolution-and, conversely, how Watergate, the Iraq War, and even the bungled Obamacare rollout might have been prevented by a more effective chief. Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington.
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by Chris Whipple
by Chris Bohjalian
by Chris Matthews
by Ron Chernow
by James R. Clapper, Trey Brown
by Peter Matthiessen
by Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, Jeffrey Zaslow
by A.B.C. Whipple
by Chris Rogers
"This audiobook introduces listeners to people the author believes may have more influence over the success of presidencies than anyone except the chief executives themselves--chiefs of staff. Narrator Mark Bramhall's deep pitch will rattle the low end of your sound system, and he uses it to report the facts in a no-nonsense approach that fits this book's tone. Bramhall doesn't have an elastic voice, but he does have an authoritative tone, and he sets a pace that allows us to follow the intrigue, political infighting, and policy successes that historical chiefs of staff have experienced during their tenures. He tells stories that most Americans haven't heard in a low-key manner that allows the words to take precedence. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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