First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Library JournalFilled with anecdotes, quotations, and photographs, this well-written book is the third collaboration of the father/ daughter team of historian John Whitcomb and journalist Claire Whitcomb (House & Garden, Victoria, House Beautiful). Their account of real life in the "President's House" includes the entertaining habits, decorating tastes, and daily routines of the presidents, starting with Washington, who never lived in the White House, and ending with Clinton. Each president's unique contributions to politics and his personal history while residing in the White House are detailed in brief individual chapters. As the authors show, the White House was once far less comfortable and much more accessible to the public; Congress could withhold funds for refurbishment if it disliked the politics of the president, and visitors literally took pieces of the carpeting or items on display for souvenirs. This work should be read not only to discern the personal impact of each administration on a famous residence but also to observe the evolving nature of the presidency itself and its relation to the citizenry. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Kathleen M. Conley, Illinois State Univ. Milner Lib., Normal Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
BooknewsThis well written and substantial book offers an unusual approach to the history of the American presidency by concentrating on the office's place of residence. Beginning with the building of the White House and continuing, president by president, John Whitcomb (he teaches American history, we're not told where) and his daughter Claire (a staff writer for among other magazines) give us the details of the daily life of America's first families, continuing each chapter beyond Washington to tell how each president finished his days. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
200 years of daily life at the White House are revealed in an involving pictorial history of the home lives of each presidency. Real Life at the White House is more than just a probe of presidential families; it provides in-depth White House history and examines the role of the First Lady as it's changed over the decades. An intriguing presentation.
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