Upstairs at the White House Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

Upstairs at the White House


  • Author : J. B. West
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2013-10-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 381
  • ISBN 10 : 9781480449381

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In this New York Times bestseller, the White House chief usher for nearly three decades offers a behind-the-scenes look at America’s first families. J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—and coordinated its daily life—at the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings and funerals, gardens and playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and, with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home. For twenty-eight years, first as assistant to the chief usher, then as chief usher, he witnessed national crises and triumphs, and interacted daily with six consecutive presidents and first ladies, as well as their parents, children and grandchildren, and houseguests—including friends, relatives, and heads of state. J. B. West, whom Jackie Kennedy called “one of the most extraordinary men I have ever met,” provides an absorbing, one-of-a-kind history of life among the first ladies. Alive with anecdotes ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating political strategies to Jackie Kennedy’s tragic loss and the personal struggles of Pat Nixon, Upstairs at the White House is a rich account of a slice of American history that usually remains behind closed doors.

Upstairs at the White House Book

Upstairs at the White House


  • Author : J. B. West
  • Publisher : Open Road Media Books
  • Release Date : 2016-06-21
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 398
  • ISBN 10 : 1504038673

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Upstairs at the White House Excerpt :

Originally published: New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, c1973.

Upstairs at the Roosevelts  Book

Upstairs at the Roosevelts


  • Author : Curtis Roosevelt
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 2017-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781612349015

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Upstairs at the Roosevelts Excerpt :

Curtis Roosevelt knew what it was like to live with a president. His grandfather was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. From the time Curtis, with his sister, Eleanor, and recently divorced mother, Anna Roosevelt Dall, moved into his grandparents’ new home—the White House—Curtis played, learned, slept, ate, and lived in one of the most famous buildings in the world with one of its most famous residents. Curtis Roosevelt offers anecdotes and revelations about the lives of the president and First Lady and the many colorful personalities in this presidential family. From Eleanor’s shocking role in the remarriage of Curtis’s mother to visits from naughty cousins and trips to the “Home Farm,” Upstairs at the Roosevelts’ provides an intimate perspective on the dynamics of one of America’s most famous families and those who visited, were friends, and sometimes even enemies.

Exploring the White House  Inside America s Most Famous Home Book

Exploring the White House Inside America s Most Famous Home


  • Author : Kate Andersen Brower
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2020-12-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062906434

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kate Andersen Brower shares a special inside look into the most famous home in America—and the lives of hardworking staff members and first ladies who’ve maintained it. Have you ever wondered what exactly goes on inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Sure, the president of the United States works and resides there, but do you know who helps keep this historic house running? It’s no simple task, especially when there are important state events and foreign dignitaries—in addition to presidential pups, mischievous children, and even a couple of ghosts. And its Residence workers and first ladies make sure everything is in check and running smoothly. Featuring fascinating photos, fun facts, and memorable quotes from the residents and first ladies of the White House, Exploring the White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home is the perfect read for any curious kid!

Inside the White House Book

Inside the White House


  • Author : Noel Grove
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013-01-01
  • Genre: Presidents
  • Pages : 351
  • ISBN 10 : 1426213042

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In collaboration with the White House Historical Association, National Geographic presents this authoritative overview of America's first home featuring never-before published stories and photographs. Organized by theme, discover what makes the White House tick--from its beginnings to the modern day, from the architecture, to the staff, to the first families. Learn fascinating details of the real-life Downton Abbey staff who run this grand home. Marvel at the elaborate detail that goes into hosting a state dinner. Meet the beloved pets who've inhabited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Read about celebrity visitors, the media, and the security so critical in today's world. Sidebars contain tidbits of rare information, and an appendix includes an illustrated time line of all White House First Families as well as a complete index. Photos include intimate and candid glimpses of life inside the White House--some never before seen, others long forgotten, and most never displayed in such large format.

First Families Book

First Families


  • Author : Bonnie Angelo
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061972812

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What is it like to be America's First Family? In this wonderfully engaging book, Bonnie Angelo, Time correspondent and acclaimed author of First Mothers, probes two hundred years of American history to tell the story of real life within the White House walls—how presidents, their wives, children, and extended families worked to create a home in an imposing national monument while attempting to keep their private lives from the public domain. First Families chronicles exhilarating moments as well as dark days at the nation's most famous address, with fascinating, behind-the-headline accounts of picture-book weddings, gossipy love affairs, rollicking children, domestic squabbles, and tragic deaths. From activist wives Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton to reluctant occupants Bess Truman and Jacqueline Kennedy, to those such as Mary Todd Lincoln, Dolley Madison, and madcap debutante Alice Roosevelt, who embraced their new address and status, here is an unforgettable human portrait of our First Families and how they coped, stumbled, or thrived in the national spotlight.

The Upstairs House Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

The Upstairs House


  • Author : Julia Fine
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2021-02-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062975843

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Winner of the Chicago Review of Books Fiction Award A Good Morning America Book of the Month Selection • A Popsugar Must-Read Book of the Month • A Buzzfeed Most Anticipated Book of the Year • A The Millions Most Anticipated Book of the Year “Provocative…. [An] assured, beautifully written book.” —Sarah Lyall, New York Times In this provocative meditation on new motherhood—Shirley Jackson meets The Awakening—a postpartum woman’s psychological unraveling becomes intertwined with the ghostly appearance of children’s book writer Margaret Wise Brown. There’s a madwoman upstairs, and only Megan Weiler can see her. Ravaged and sore from giving birth to her first child, Megan is mostly raising her newborn alone while her husband travels for work. Physically exhausted and mentally drained, she’s also wracked with guilt over her unfinished dissertation—a thesis on mid-century children’s literature. Enter a new upstairs neighbor: the ghost of quixotic children’s book writer Margaret Wise Brown—author of the beloved classic Goodnight Moon—whose existence no one else will acknowledge. It seems Margaret has unfinished business with her former lover, the once-famous socialite and actress Michael Strange, and is determined to draw Megan into the fray. As Michael joins the haunting, Megan finds herself caught in the wake of a supernatural power struggle—and until she can find a way to quiet these spirits, she and her newborn daughter are in terrible danger. Using Megan’s postpartum haunting as a powerful metaphor for a woman’s fraught relationship with her body and mind, Julia Fine once again delivers an imaginative and “barely restrained, careful musing on female desire, loneliness, and hereditary inheritances” (Washington Post).

Butler  A Witness to History Book
Score: 3
From 6 Ratings

Butler A Witness to History


  • Author : Wil Haygood
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-10-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9781925030389

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Butler A Witness to History Excerpt :

From Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow Wil Haygood comes a mesmerizing inquiry into the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who ignited a nation's imagination and inspired a major motion picture: The Butler: A Witness to History, the highly anticipated film that stars six Oscar winners, including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey (honorary and nominee), Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, and Robin Williams; as well as Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Rickman, and Liev Schreiber. With a foreword by the Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler not only explores Allen's life and service to eight American Presidents, from Truman to Reagan, but also includes an essay, in the vein of James Baldwin’s jewel The Devil Finds Work, that explores the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, and fifty-seven pictures of Eugene Allen, his family, the presidents he served, and the remarkable cast of the movie.

Backstairs at the White House Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Backstairs at the White House


  • Author : Gwen Bagni
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1979
  • Genre: Television mini-series
  • Pages : 484
  • ISBN 10 : 0553122940

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Five Presidents Book
Score: 4
From 51 Ratings

Five Presidents


  • Author : Clint Hill
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-05-02
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476794143

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Originally published in hardcover in 2016 by Gallery Books.

All the Presidents  Children Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

All the Presidents Children


  • Author : Doug Wead
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2004-01-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743446334

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Examines the lives of the offspring of the nation's chief executives, discussing such topics as their accomplishments, the tragedies that have affected them, and the impact of their fathers' legacies on their own lives.

The Green   White House Book

The Green White House


  • Author : Lynne Kelleher
  • Publisher : Black & White Publishing Ltd
  • Release Date : 2022-03-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781785303746

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'Carefully researched and excellently written . . . a wonderful account of the special relationship between Ireland and the USA.' BERTIE AHERN 'Anybody with an interest in Irish-American politics and personalities will want to read The Green and White House.' DICK SPRING Intimate, complex, long-lasting: the links between Ireland and US presidents extend much further and deeper than JFK. From Andrew Jackson in 1829 to Woodrow Wilson in 1913 and Joe Biden in 2021, Ireland's sway in the White House is hugely significant. Handwritten letters, weatherworn tombstones, shipping records and even an old desk unlock the ancestral secrets of 23 presidents. Spanning the centuries from covered wagons to the American Revolution, the birth of the Irish Republic to JFK's heady glamour, The Green and White House takes in political machinations and the firebrands who pushed for freedom, justice and peace for Ireland. For centuries, Irish emigrants crossed the Atlantic by boat, but an intense diplomatic bromance has seen American commanders-in-chief returning to remote Irish villages via Air Force One and armoured limousines. Incredible stories spring from these presidential visits. High-tech phones are installed in an ancient cemetery while an Aran cardigan is treated like a hostile device. Anti-personnel nets produce a bumper catch of salmon, but a Secret Service gun is lost then found amid a jubilant crowd. Each homecoming - always conducted with a twinkle in the eye - turns local people into international media darlings. But this transatlantic courtship, forged over the unearthed mysteries of sprawling family trees, has secured Ireland an annual invite to the White House - something no other nation can rival. THE GREEN AND WHITE HOUSE takes a wry look at the special relationship one tiny nation shares with the world's greatest superpower.

Inside the White House Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Inside the White House


  • Author : Ronald Kessler
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN 10 : 9780671879198

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Using interviews with Secret Service agents, aides, servants, and others, the author offers a backstage look at the inner workings of the White House

The Residence Book
Score: 3.5
From 23 Ratings

The Residence


  • Author : Kate Andersen Brower
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2016-03-08
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062476012

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An intimate, behind-the-scenes history of the White House service staff, from the Kennedys to the present America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. 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. 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. 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. Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members—many speaking for the first time—with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. 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. 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.

Forty two Years in the White House Book

Forty two Years in the White House


  • Author : Irwin Hood Hoover
  • Publisher : Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Release Date : 1934
  • Genre: Presidents
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015001355372

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Forty two Years in the White House Excerpt :

Ten presidents from Benjamin Harris on to Franklin D. Roosevelt.