Mike Bloomberg hosts power party for Gary Ginsbergs debut book

Mike Bloomberg hosts power party for Gary Ginsbergs debut book


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Lawyer, politico and author Gary Ginsberg just wrote a book about how presidents’ pals have influenced their administrations. But Ginsberg seems to have some pretty influential buddies of his own.

Mike Bloomberg hosted the book party for “First Friends: The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents” at the Upper East Side HQ of Bloomberg Philanthropies, welcoming guests including author Walter Isaacson, CNN anchors John Avlon and Kate Bolduan, Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” executive producer Chris Licht, departed Teneo boss Doug Band, Caroline Hirsch, Diana Taylor, and Bloomberg’s top brass including Patti Harris, Kevin Sheekey and Howard Wolfson.

Bloomberg — who hired Ginsberg to work on his ill-fated White House 2020 — made a speech and paid homage to Ginsberg’s wide-ranging resume.

“Anybody who can work for Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, Jeff Bewkes, and me can’t be all bad,” said the former mayor. “Or all good, come to think of it,” he quipped.

It’s Ginsberg’s first book.

Publisher’s Weekly called it, “an entertaining group portrait of nine U.S. presidents and their best friends.”

“All of these friendships are marked by ‘deep, abiding affection between the two individuals,’ according to Ginsberg,” it goes on, “who details how some changed policies and bolstered careers, while others damaged reputations.”

Featured Presidents include James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, among others.

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