The Presidents' House: A History

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This engaging history of the house that has served as home to U.S. presidents for more than two centuries revises and enlarges William Seale's 1986 classic account of the White House's architectural, social, and cultural history. Besides updating the original volumes, the new edition includes chapters on the presidencies of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. An epilogue covers the Bill Clinton and George ...

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Washington, DC 1986 Hardbound. Deluxe edition in calf leather 275 / 1500 sets VG+/VG Books are lightly faded along spines, slipcase has some uneven sunning due to what was next ... to the box on the shelf. A solid, clean and exceptional set of this title A fabulous, and angaging read. Thank goodness I already own this set in green leather and have read that set, or I'd be tempted to read this set! Embossed calf leather, with calf leather slipcase. 2 Volumes with linen endpapers and limitation page. 1552 pp., almost 180 illustrations. Read more Show Less

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This engaging history of the house that has served as home to U.S. presidents for more than two centuries revises and enlarges William Seale's 1986 classic account of the White House's architectural, social, and cultural history. Besides updating the original volumes, the new edition includes chapters on the presidencies of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. An epilogue covers the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush years. The President's House is an unforgettable account of the White House from its origins during the nation's beginning to today, a continuing story of adapting and altering, yet always keeping close to the original image and purpose of the landmark. Seale carefully documents the ways in which different presidents and their families used and lived in the White House, showing not only the lives of the first families but also scores of characters known and unknown who achieve importance in the story and play their parts in the keeping and management of the house — butlers, housemaids, caterers, gardeners, coachmen, architects, interior decorators, and even fortune-tellers.

Filled with behind-the-scenes glimpses of the private and public lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, this richly detailed social history includes 175 images culled from the White House files and other archival collections.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912308296
  • Publisher: White House Historical Association
  • Publication date: 10/1/1986
  • Pages: 1304

Meet the Author

William Seale is a historian. He has published many books on American architecture, including The Tasteful Interlude and Temples of Democracy: The State Capitols of the USA, with Henry-Russell Hitchcock. Seale is the author of The White House: History of an American Idea and of several other books on state capitols, courthouses, and historic restoration. Editor of White House History, the journal of the White House Historical Association, he lives in Texas and Washington, D.C.

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