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

Cohen, Jared, 1981- (author.).


From the Founding to today, this book tells the stories of seven former presidents who each changed history and offered lessons about how to decide what to do in the next chapter of life as they handled human problems of ego, finances and questions about their legacy and mortality. Thomas Jefferson was the first former president to accomplish great things after the White House, shaping public debates and founding the University of Virginia, an accomplishment he included on his tombstone, unlike his presidency. 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 conservative 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 bigger than any person.

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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.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-467) and index.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-467) and index (pages 469-486).
Formatted Contents Note:
Preface -- Introduction -- The lifelong Founder -- 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.
Case studies.

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  • 15 of 20 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 973.099 COHEN 2024 (Text) 0001012544374 Nonfiction New Available -

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