The first insider account, timed to the 75th anniversary of Camp David
Camp David is American diplomacy's secret weapon. The home of the 2015 GCC and 2012 G8 summits, the 2000 Peace Summit, and the 1978 Peace Accords, the camp has played a vital role in American history over the past century, inviting Presidents and international leaders alike to converge, converse, and, perhaps most importantly, relax.
A peaceful mountaintop setting, crucially removed from the constant scrutiny of the press, Camp David has served as both a site of critical diplomacy and unparalleled tranquility. It is where President and Mrs. Reagan rode horses through the mountains, where Gerald Ford could take a moment to jump on a trampoline with his daughter, where Nixon rode shotgun with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, and where Jimmy Carter could find the ultimate flight-sledding-only to break his clavicle two weeks before the end of his tenure. Under the pressure and stress, it is easy to forget that those occupying the highest seat in the land are, at the end of the day, human but at Camp David, we finally get to see these leaders at their most vulnerable, their most unguarded, and as their most true selves.
Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione CEC, USN (Ret.) has served a total of 29 years on active duty in the United States Navy and four years at the Naval Academy, retiring in 2010. He has served as the Commander of Camp David for President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, as well as working under the White House Military (WHMO) in the East Wing of the White House along with those in command of Air Force One, Marine One, Aides, and other White House Military. He is currently a much sought after speaker and educator throughout the United States and the world.