Since John Adams first moved into the White House in November 1800, the presidential residence has been the site of one major conflagration (during the War of 1812), a complete reconstruction (in 1948-1951), and several restorations, refurbishments, and expansions. With hundreds of photographs and illustrations and a fascinating text, this stately hardcover serves as both a rich visual history of the White House and a guided tour of its premises. This coffee table gift book was photography history specialist Vicki Goldberg with the cooperation of the preservation and education group established by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to open the doors of the White House to the public.
The White House: The President's Home in Photographs and Historyby Vicki Goldberg
THE WHITE HOUSE: THE PRESIDENT'S HOME IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND HISTORY covers every aspect of White House Life over the past 200 years. Witness multiple refurbishments to the house, media coverage and popular photography of the White House, and photos of its illustrious inhabitants, visitors, and even pets and illustrations. Accompanying the photographs is an
THE WHITE HOUSE: THE PRESIDENT'S HOME IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND HISTORY covers every aspect of White House Life over the past 200 years. Witness multiple refurbishments to the house, media coverage and popular photography of the White House, and photos of its illustrious inhabitants, visitors, and even pets and illustrations. Accompanying the photographs is an incisive, informative text by renowned critic Vicki Goldberg.
A rich visual history and a beautiful gift book, THE WHITE HOUSE is a must for photography and history buffs alike.
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Meet the Author
Vicki Goldberg is a leading voice in the field of photography criticism. Her book Photography in Print: Writings from 1816 to the Present was cited in the Wall Street Journal in 2006 as one of the five best books of all time on photography, and The Power of Photography: How Photographs Changed Our Lives and Margaret Bourke-White: A Biography were both named Best Book of the Year by the American Library Association. Vicki was a photography columnist for The New York Times for thirteen years, and she has written numerous articles for Vanity Fair, American Photographer, and other magazines.
Founded in 1961, The White House Historical Association is a charitable nonprofit institution whose purpose is to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House. The association has published and distributed more than 9 million books as well as produced documentary films and other educational materials, sponsors symposia, lectures, exhibits, and other outreach programs.
Mike McCurry is a veteran political strategist and spokesperson with over 30 years of experience in Washington D.C. McCurry served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995-1998). He also served as spokesman for the Department of State (1993-1995) and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee (1988-1990). McCurry held a variety of leadership roles in national campaigns for the Democratic ticket from 1984 to 2004.
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Drawing from the archive of the White House Historical Association, Vicki Goldberg has compiled an sagacious chronicle of this iconic house and its inhabitants. In her new book, The White House: The President’s Home in Photographs and History, Goldberg has selected images that invite the viewer to look beyond the mere surface of the photograph, much like the White House itself requires a rigorous inquiry of its own symbolization. Goldberg’s writing provokes the reader to ponder each photograph a little longer, as well as to ruminate on the progression of image making within politics. The White House represents the pomp and circumstance of American politics and the photographs in the book serve as evidence of this spectacle. Some of the photographs register as familiar, which will have a mercurial affect depending on each reader’s age. Other photographs are a pure surprise, which present us a glimpse of the activities inside this private house. The photographs exists as monuments to past events and also present an array of human expression between the people surrounding the various Presidents at important and not so important occasions. Goldberg’s witty writing for each photograph provides a concise synopsis of the circumstance and typically incorporates a fascinating fact about the medium of photography. This book of photographs of an innocuous subject provides an insightful history of the country, while simultaneously illustrating the evolution of the power of photography. No matter one’s politics, Goldberg’s book is timely, intriguing, and informative, which presents the reader inside the prize of this year’s political season.
I just bought this ebook on my nook tablet. It looks very interesting and the print can be enlarged. However, every page has to be enlarged individually as you come to it. That's my only complaint so far, but I am looking forward to reading this very comprehensive ebook. It probably would make a good coffee table book, but then I couldn't carry it around with me!
I learned something new on each page of this engaging and beautiful book - just can't decide if it belongs on the history shelf or the coffee table!
I received this book as a gift for the holidays. My husband and I enjoyed it so much that we turned around and bought it as a gift for my parents. The photos make it a wonderful coffee table book (especially fun in an election year!). I found the writing insightful as it allowed me to appreciate the photos on a much deeper level. I highly recommend this book.
My husband bought this book for my birthday because of my love of photography and history. The book does not disappoint! Just a fascinating stroll through the White House with lots of wonderful trivia and stories. Perfect for a coffee table but also a great read!! ( Just a note to Barnes & Noble: The review above was published in July 2011 but the book came in October 2011...)