The President's House: A History

The President's House: A History

by William Seale
     
 

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.

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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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Editorial Reviews

History Wire
As the holiday season approaches, we can't think of a classier gift for those on your list who are history buffs or afficionados of White house lore.

— Steve Goddard

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801885976
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
1552
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.90(h) x 4.60(d)
Age Range:
Up to 18 Years

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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