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Time Magazine editors and presidential historians to discuss book April 18

Time magazine editors and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy.
March 26, 2013

Time magazine editors and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy will discuss their book, “The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in McDaniel College’s Decker Auditorium in Lewis Hall of Science. Bryn Upton, associate professor of History at McDaniel, will moderate the conversation with questions submitted by the audience followed by a book signing.

The Office of Communications & Marketing with the Friends of Carroll County Public Library are sponsoring this event in partnership with the Carroll County Celebrating America initiative, which fosters a greater sense and understanding of America’s history. Tickets are $12 per person, which includes a copy of “The Presidents Club,” and available on a first-come, first-served basis, online at

Learn the secret history of the private relationships among the last 13 presidents of the United States, including backroom deals, rescue missions, secret alliances and bitter rivalries. Gibbs, deputy managing editor at Time, and Duffy, executive editor at Time, examine the private relationships among modern American presidents, including Jack Kennedy and “Ike” Eisenhower’s rivalry, Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter’s unexpected alliance, and the deep sense of competition between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, in this book.

The book also questions whether there is life for former presidents outside the White House. Combining history, psychology, and politics, Duffy and Gibbs look at what presidents have done after completing their terms, how they have related to each other, and what they still can offer the country.

Upton specializes in American History at McDaniel, teaching such courses as “Greed, Gangsters and the Great Depression: The United States 1898-1940,” “Black America and the Civil Rights Movement, 1865-1968,” and “U.S. Intellectual Tradition,” and presenting his research, most recently on topics that include “Bourne at the Right Time: Film and our post-Cold War Identity” and “Leftist Legacies: How Personal Politics and Memoirs are Rewriting the 1960s.” He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College.