"Contains all you need to know about the splendid holiday celebrations held in the White House over the years, from John and Abigail Adams‘ New Year’s Celebration in 1801 to the sprawling Easter Egg Roll the Obama family holds today." Northern Virginia Magazine
Inside the White House: Stories From the World's Most Famous Residenceby Noel Grove
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 tickfrom its beginnings to the modern day, from the architecture, to the staff, to the first families.… See more details below
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 tickfrom 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 Housesome never before seen, others long forgotten, and most never displayed in such large format.
This collaboration between National Geographic and the White House Historical Association (WHHA) provides more than a passing glimpse into an American icon. Using an impressive array of color images, stories, and archival records, Grove (former staff writer, National Geographic magazine; National Geographic Atlas of World History), with WHHA research experts William B. Bushong and Joel D. Treese, presents the White House thematically, covering the building's history, architecture, and political functions, its first ladies (there is a brief foreword by former First Lady Laura Bush), its many daily professional functions, its existence as a home, the entertaining and holiday celebrations hosted there, the grounds and gardens, innovations and technological upgrades applied to the residence, its diplomatic and cultural functions, and how it has operated during "Transition and Crisis." Readers will come away with a new understanding of the White House's complexity. The images are a pleasant mix of official photos and candid shots, such as ones depicting Amy Carter playing in her tree house, President Theodore Roosevelt's one-legged pet rooster, and President Taft's pet cow. The real heart of the book is its stories of the White House as a home and about the personalities who have entered its doors. VERDICT Presidential history buffs and lay readers, including students newer to the subject, will very much appreciate this handsome book.—Lisa Ennis, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
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