Our Changing White House

Our Changing White House

by Wendell Garrett

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Brad Hooper
Every public library large or small needs a good history of the White House, and this one is not only good but outstanding. In 10 wide-ranging essays by authorities in their field, the executive mansion's evolution through two centuries is lovingly traced, including conception and design, construction and later reconstruction, and original furnishings and many subsequent refurbishings, all related with a wealth of detail, much of which will be unfamiliar to readers of most other general books on the subject. From the White House's beginning, when President Washington was actively involved in the planning of the new federal city named after him, to firsthand commentary on the contemporary program of White House upkeep by the current "Chief Usher," we are presented with facts, anecdotes, episodes, and personalities, all part of the story of a house that is also a home. Although the White House occupies an important place in our political and historical consciousness, this book's central thesis is that the place is not a stuffy museum but a constantly changing domestic habitat. The liberal presentation of illustrations greatly augments the text.
Color and b&w photos and illustrations accompany essays on the Executive Mansion's architecture, gardens, furnishings, and staff. Contributors including historians, curators, and architects cover topics such as the building's structure, the White House's art collection, and the evolution of the grounds, and incorporate information on various presidents and first families. Includes an essay on personal experiences and recollections of the household staff. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Northeastern University Press
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8.78(w) x 9.74(h) x 1.11(d)

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