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Posts tagged 'American Presidents'

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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The Residence  Presidents  Andrew's Picks  American Presidents

01/07/16
 

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

BlogMeachamAlthough Meacham tackled many Presidential subjects in his previous award-winning books, in Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, the author breaks new ground -- not only because his subject is still alive, but also because of some of the controversial analyses presented within the book’s 600 pages.

However, even though Destiny and Power was written by an author in close communication with the subject, the book doesn’t shy away from showing the truth.  What is offered is an extremely fair, in-depth portrait of our 41st president’s life and times.  Rather than merely rehashing history, the book takes the reader along for the ride, giving a very vivid and extremely detailed account of George Bush’s life from his birth to his final interviews with Meacham this past September.

While this book has been much commented on due to Bush’s controversial comments in the latter pages about about his son’s administration, the rest reads like a true portrait of the man, rather than a mouthpiece for his ideas. 

Destiny and Power not will only appeal to the demographic that agrees ideologically with Bush, but also to anyone interested in learning about George Bush the man and the times he inhabited.

Andrew's Picks  American Presidents

12/31/15
 

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