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Posted February 16, 2007
Interesting subject but poorly written
She presents a long history of the White House but it reads more like an outline of facts and statistics (without a list of sources, I might add). There is quite an interesting array of personal suposition (with an interesting liberal slant) when she describes the various presidents and there is significant support for the first ladies (with a lot of overlap from her previous book that gets re-treaded here). I had high expectations and came away disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2004
It was my playground too!
I grew up just 6 blocks from the White House. Her descriptions of Easter Monday brought back memories of the White House grounds. The Ellipse, Christmas Tree Lightings and the many guided tours with out-of-town visitors. I met Margaret and her father at a Missouri State Society Ball at the Shoreham when I was a teenager and she in her twenties. What fun to read her interesting and revealing accounts of the men who served as our Presidents (along with their families, no less involved!)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 17, 2003
I'm about halfway through this book right now. The behind-the scenes stories of life in the White House are enlightening. However, I wish that the author had included a list of her sources so that I could read further about particular topics of interest.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2003
fun look at America¿s showcase home
Author and a former first daughter (unbelievably over fifty years ago) Margaret Truman provides the perfect combination to escort readers to an insider tour of the White House (past and present). The best-selling writer provides numerous anecdotes from history as she escorts her visitors through the kitchen, garden and the famous social functions, etc. The book also contains chapters on the household, political and security staffs, the press corps, and White House weddings. Of course other sections provide insight into the first families including pets. <P>Though history buffs will think it is too much fluff the former first daughter turned novelist provides a fun look at America¿s showcase home over the two plus centuries of residents. Readers will enjoy this book written in a light-hearted upbeat manner enhanced by color and black and white photos. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.