First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power
From the author of the New York Times bestsellers First Women and The Residence, an intimate, news-making look at the men who are second in line to the most powerful office in the world—the vice presidents of the modern era—from Richard Nixon to Joe Biden to Mike Pence.
“The queen of inside-Washington storytelling has extended her reign. With First in Line, Kate Andersen Brower finds yet another one of the political world’s most intriguing untold stories and delivers it to readers with the unparalleled reporting and compelling, fast-moving prose that have made her one of the few must-read authors of our time.”
—Jonathan Allen, co-author SHATTERED: INSIDE HILLARY CLINTON’S DOOMED CAMPAIGN
“Kate Andersen Brower has a wonderful reporter’s eye for the telling detail that makes history engaging and real. In First in Line, she explores the fraught relationship between president and vice-president up to the present day in pithy, revealing, and timely fashion. Her many fans from The Residence will not be disappointed.”
—Evan Thomas, author of IKE’S BLUFF and BEING NIXON
“Combining fascinating inside stories with astute political insights, First in Line fills a long-missing hole in American history. We learn here how men from Richard Nixon to Mike Pence have played their sometimes essential, sometimes useless roles in the prestigious but peculiar job of Vice President.”
—Cokie Roberts, author and commentator for ABC News and NPR
“First in Line is a nonfiction book that reads as quickly as a novel you can’t put down. As Kate Andersen Brower pulls back the curtain on the relationships between Presidents and Vice Presidents, readers will be delighted by a trove of stories, secrets, and life lessons. Her interviews and research supplemented my own experience in watching the importance of a strong, loyal, and trusting relationship between the two highest officeholders in the land.
—Dana Perino, Former White House Press Secretary and author of And the Good News Is…Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side