Most remarkable thing is how long some of the staffers have worked at the White House - in some cases their entire working lives. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. A fun read. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband’s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House. By: Kate Andersen Brower. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level’s basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love. A remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with butlers, maids, chefs, florists, doormen, and other staffers—as well as conversations with three former first ladies and the children of four presidents—Brower offers a group portrait of the dedicated professionals who orchestrate lavish state dinners; stand ready during meetings with foreign dignitaries; care for the president and first. in Washington, D.C. While giving some of the most in-depth and fascinating accounts of serving in the White House, the book meanders back and forth with its various topics. Occasionally there is an attempt to group them, such as "children", but then other stories about presidential children are scattered throughout the rest of the book as well. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with butlers, maids, chefs, florists, doormen, and other staffers—as well as former first ladies and first family members—Kate Andersen Brower, who covered President Obama's first term, offers a group portrait of the dedicated professionals who orchestrate lavish state dinners; stand ready during meetings with foreign dignitaries; care for the president and first lady's young children; and cater to every need the first couple may have, however sublime or, on occasion, ridiculous. Enjoy a great reading experience when you buy the Kindle edition of this book. An intimate look at greatness. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family. Written in a factual and not gossipy style - the reasons for which will become clear as you read the book. Starting as Lincoln's bodyguard, Wm Crook spent 50 years at the White House in various roles. There was a problem loading your book clubs. . 4.1 (1,924 ratings) Add to Cart failed. From the mystique of the glamorous Kennedys to the tumult that surrounded Bill and Hillary Clinton during the president’s impeachment to the historic tenure of Barack and Michelle Obama, each new administration brings a unique set of personalities to the White House—and a new set of challenges to the fiercely loyal and hardworking people who serve them: the White House residence staff. The author well-researched her information, but just due to passing years and availability of the staff, we are pretty much limited to the Carters, Regans, Bushes (2), Clintons, and Obamas. It would have been much more enjoyable with a little organization. I liked the physical descriptions of "the house" as well as the numbers and variety of persons needed to keep it up. The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House . It was a great snapshot into different moments in history. We are told the queen sleeps each night on sheets that have been washed exactly four times! For the reason I just mentioned, Clintons and Obamas have more coverage. I did not expect it to be "literature", and it wasn't, but it was entertaining. Condition: Like New A nonfiction book that combines archival research and interviews with retired White House staff to show readers what goes on behind the scenes at the White House. Your Grief, Your Way: A Year of Practical Guidance and Comfort After Loss. A touching story.”, “If youve been geeking out over the details of the Underwoods residence on, “A work of great historical interest that is also quite entertaining.”, “A juicy new book. Though the idea of dates might seem superfluous as we creep towards Year Two of This Thing, I’d contend they’re more important than ever... Three Winter Dates to Do in Portland Right Now, Books That Got Us Through 2020: A Reading Retrospective. [PDF] The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House Book Review This ebook will not be simple to start on reading but very fun to learn. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower levels basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love. Full of stories and … All Product Details. . Now, for the first time, their stories of fifty years, ten administrations, and countless crises, large and small, are told in The Residence. This book was a fabulous glimpse into what keeps the White House floating in a different light. They see the leaders and their families in a different light. A touching story.”, A remarkable history with elements of both. Journalist Brower, who spent four years covering the White House for Bloomberg News, explores the personal lives of American presidential families using stories from people who connect with them on a regular basis—the White House domestic staff. Enjoyed this very much. It lifts the mystery of the First families and brings them into perspective as people who face family challenges, hardships, and who work hard to make the best of being in the public eye every waking second. Unable to add item to List. Kate Andersen Brower spent four years covering the Obama White House for Bloomberg News and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. Decorated by Michael S. Smith for the Obamas, the White House’s private quarters are as worldly and relaxed as the family that calls them home. These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d’oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. In her runaway bestseller The Residence, former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower pulls back the curtain on the world’s most famous address. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower A remarkable history with elements of both IN THE PRESIDENT'S SECRET SERVICE and THE BUTLER, THE RESIDENCE offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas. A remarkable history with elements of both In the Presidents Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas. Who are those ushers and maids who scramble out of the way when journalists with cameras enter the room? The reader gets whiplash bouncing between years, administrations, topics, and events. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Recommended to book clubs by 3 of 3 members. 1. For example, chapter 1, "Controlled Chaos" should just be called "Inaugurations" since it is stories from various inaugurations. Inside The White House Private Residence of the Obama Family Architectural Digest was given a tour of the relaxed private family quarters at the White House of the Obamas. Indeed, it can be enjoy, still an interesting and amazing literature. Since the administration of George Washington (1789–97), who occupied presidential residences in New York and Philadelphia, every American president has resided at the White House. These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansions 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors doeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. In the voices of the residence workers themselves—sometimes wry, often affectionate, always gracious and proud—here are stories of. . Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 8, 2018. She should do a second book now that Trump is there. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the Washington Post. His love of action, the West, the issues of his day. . The outline of the book is not chronological, but event based. Non-cohesive tidbits makes it hard to read, Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2017. This book is about the hard working people who dedicate their lives and service to those families, and try to make their lives as normal as possible for the duration of their stay. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. They are there to ensure their lives are comfortable and memorable. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Harper Paperbacks; Illustrated edition (March 8, 2016), Previous page of related Sponsored Products. By Caron Lindsay | Sun 14th August 2016 - 12:23 pm. Published: 2015-04-07 Hardcover : 320 pages. A fascinating backstage account of the worlds most famous residence.”, “A revealing look at life inside the White House…its, “A juicy new book. They represent the most notorious house in our nation and they do it with strength and pride. A few other reviewers have said they didn't like the fact that the book jumps from one president to the other but I think it works well with the stories centred around themes and events.. .orange-text-color {color: #FE971E;} Explore your book, then jump right back to where you left off with Page Flip. Categories: Biographies & Memoirs , Politics & Activism. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2016. It generally is not going to expense too much. .orange-text-color {font-weight:bold; color: #FE971E;}Enjoy features only possible in digital – start reading right away, carry your library with you, adjust the font, create shareable notes and highlights, and more. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, … Yes, FASCINATING in all caps. . They work hard for perfection in everything they do. From the mystique of the glamorous Kennedys to the tumult that surrounded Bill and Hillary Clinton during the president's impeachment to the historic yet polarizing residency of Barack and Michelle Obama, each new administration brings a unique set of personalities to the White House—and a new set of challenges to the fiercely loyal and hardworking people who serve them: the White House residence staff. Keyword search for the residence : inside the private world of the white house: Filter Results: 2 titles sorted by : Relevance. No one understands the president of the United States, and his family, like the men and women who make the White House run every day. The Residence Inside the Private World of The White House, by Kate Andersen Brower (read 21 May 2019) This is 2015 book so it does not tell a thing about today's White House and has maybe been superseded by Bob Woodward's bool Fear: Trump in the White House, which I read 17 Nov 2018. She lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and their two young children. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with butlers, maids, chefs, florists, doormen, and other staffers—as well as conversations with three former first ladies and the children of four presidents—Brower offers a group … Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2018. She lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and their three young children. What a FASCINATING book! America s First Families are unknowable in many ways. More often than not, we hear stories about administrative White House staffers. The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House. Very light weight, disappointed the book stopped at 80% on my kindle, the rest made up of acknowledgements and a few small photographs. Americas First Families are unknowable in many ways. From the mystique of the glamourous Kennedys, to the tumult that surrounded Bill and Hillary Clinton during the president’s impeachment, to the historic yet polarizing Barack and Michelle Obama, each new administration brings a new and unique set of personalities to the White House—and a new set of challenges to the fiercely loyal and hard-working people who serve them: the White House residence … Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family. Interesting to read about the backstairs workers in the WH. ISBN13: 9780062305190 From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedys private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husbands assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixons resignation and President Clintons impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House. The Residence focuses on the staffers and their interactions with the families who have lived in the White House since the Kennedy administration. . . . Not quite finished reading this book yet, easy read, not heavy, enjoying it. 3 members reading this now 30 clubs reading this now 3 members have read this book . Get 50% off this audiobook at the AudiobooksNow online audio book store and download or stream it right to your computer, smartphone or tablet. 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