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The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

ResidenceRich with detail and anecdotes about the idiosyncrasies of the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, delivers a very entertaining and in-depth look at the tiny world that makes the Presidency run.  Covering staff protocol on every topic from cooking to interacting with the family, Brower’s book gives the reader an up close view of day-to-day management of the White House, from the Kennedy era to today.

While, of course, most everyone knows the President receives a lot of assistance, the book documents that the relationship between staff and residents is much deeper than one would think.  This is revealed through the many anecdotes that staff members relayed to Brower. These stories range from the quite bizarre, such as LBJ’s obsession with the fire hose-like water pressure of his shower, to the truly touching, such as Barbara Bush’s late night visits to the deathbed of a beloved butler’s father. Along with learning about the day-to-day activities at 1600 Pennsylvania, readers get a firsthand look inside the political events that shaped our country from the early 1970s to 9/11.

At less than 300 pages, this book represents hardly a large time investment, but the insight it provides gives both a very full portrait of the bubble of the Presidency and a detailed look at its humanity.


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