Upstairs at the White House; My Life with the First Ladies

Upstairs at the White House; My Life with the First Ladies

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by J. Bernard West
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9780698105461
Publisher:
Bow Historical Books
Publication date:
01/28/1973
Pages:
381

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Upstairs at the White House; My Life with the First Ladies 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
always_read More than 1 year ago
Well written, insightful account by the man who served on the White House staff from Rooselvelt to Nixon. Interesting behind the scenes view of presidents and first ladies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wonderful read~~~great info on the whitehouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly heartwarming account of serving the women who had the position of being the First Lady. Mr. West showed the power and strength these remarkable women held as the President's wife and their work in helping to implement the programs that continue today. The heartwarming and respectful account of each of the families he served is evident of his professionalism and respect for the position he held. Mr. West's description of the events of President Kennedy's death and Mrs. Kennedy's strength was filled with kindness and the emotion he felt brought me to tears. As ordinary people we don't hear or know about the employees of the White House that keep the First Family's accountability in tact and on track at all times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a White House/First Lady groupie and this book did not disappoint! A real inside look at the ways of many First Ladies and their families. Mr. West is a gentleman so there is no nasty gossip which I found refreshing. This book concentrates on the day to day workings of the White House, which is a story all by itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great insite to the women in the White House from the point of view of an employee.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book in paperback for years and read it in fascination, getting a glimpse into several First Families' personal lives. I was delighted to find it available for my Nook. The focus is really on Mr. West (the Chief Usher)and his relationships with the First Ladies whom he served. My favorite section, by far, is the Kennedy's and getting to peer into the personal world of Jacqueline Kennedy. I think he was very fond of her, and that he admired her accomplishments. I loved this book!
bluespruce7597 More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable book. It gives a perspective of the workings of the White House from the Head Usher's point of view. I found it interesting to learn about the First Ladies that I'm too young to remember and then to learn about the First Ladies I do remember.
Ginger46 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book about the first ladies..a behind the scene glimpse of life in the white house. J.B.West told his experiences as Chief Usher with the upmost respect for his employers. No gossip, no scandals just honest reporting. I especially enjoyed the description of the living quarters and history of fhe furnishings.
squirrelySW More than 1 year ago
I found this a delightful and informative read. Makes me eager to read more about these Presidents and their families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A newsy, down at home look at the white house and the families who lived there, from the Roosevelt's to the Johnson's. Easy to read and a pleasant fairly non political commentary on life in America during these years. I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J.B. West has had a fascinating career as chief usher at the White House for three decades. His insights into the personas of the First Ladies that have lived in the White House during his career. Also interesting insight into the Presidents that served during his tenure. A classy book full of interesting stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coming soon!
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pk868 More than 1 year ago
An interesting look at the First Ladies of several administrations from an inside source. Written without apparent political bias West provides a look at operating the White House and the demands (both reasonable and unreasonable) of the occupant.
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SisH More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed this book. Each of the first ladies was very interesting. I loved hearing about the White House is run. Great to know how it works behind the scene.
Monte54JH More than 1 year ago
Haven't finished it yet, but so far I think it's great!
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jbm More than 1 year ago
Very interesting! Loved it!
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This is a great book about life in the White House. I really liked this book.
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Inspiring how the employees worked together so well usually with all the changes both in the mansion and in the world.these workers are heros.keeping the lights on and respecting tradition while still allowing the current tenants to make ut "home"..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many interesting tidbits into the lives of former first families. I would like to read similar accounts of presidential couples from Reagan to the present. Unfortunately it seems we can't hold all occupants in the high esteem that once was common in this once-great nation.