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Episode 244

Gary Ginsberg on the Powerful, Unsung (and Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents

75 minutes · July 6, 2021

More than a staff, more than a cabinet, occasionally more than family, the president’s first friends can have an outsized influence on the commander-in-chief. It puts the chosen few confidantes at the pinnacle of power, and occasionally in precarious positions. Gary Ginsberg, author of FIRST FRIENDS: The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents, who has spent his career with close access to power, both in the political and business worlds, explores these special relationships.

Steven Hazy

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