Who Speaks for the President?: The White House Press Secretary from Cleveland to Clinton

Who Speaks for the President?: The White House Press Secretary from Cleveland to Clinton

by W. Dale Nelson

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YA--In 1893, at the beginning of Grover Cleveland's second, nonconsecutive, administration, George Cortelyou was appointed his confidential stenographer. Cortelyou served Cleveland faithfully, and when McKinley succeeded as the nation's chief executive, he became the new president's private secretary. Thus began the century-long evolution of the link between the White House and the American public. This fascinating and readable account of the individuals who acted as intermediaries in passing on the day-to-day plans, decisions, and news of the president is full of personal anecdotes associated with the momentous events in our history of the last 100 years. It is interesting to see that the press secretary's contact with the media has evolved from informal chats with a handful of reporters to full-blown television extravaganzas. Riffling through the pages of this interesting volume can give inquisitive students a clear picture of the ways in which modern presidents communicate with the electorate. It should be of special interest to young people contemplating careers in journalism, radio, television newscasting, or public relations. Copious notes, a comprehensive bibliography, and an excellent index add greatly to the value of this book.--Peggy Mooney, Pohick Public Library, Burke, VA
Former Associated Press reporter W. Dale Nelson examines the relationship between the presidential press secretary and the press, the public, the president, and others, from the 1890s to the present-day Clinton administration. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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