Downstairs at the White House: A teenager, an Oval Office, and a ringside seat to Watergate.

Downstairs at the White House: A teenager, an Oval Office, and a ringside seat to Watergate.

by Donald M Stinson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692952535
Publisher: Eastern Harbor Press
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 549,758
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Don Stinson is a graduate of American University and a former newspaper executive. A truly insignificant member of the White House staff during Watergate, he frequently loitered outside of the Oval Office.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he worked with newspapers in Russia, Slovakia, and Poland to establish a free and independent press. His accomplishments included being held hostage in a smelting plant, sleeping in an insane asylum guarded by sheep herders, and fighting a goat defending a lavatory door on Russian airliner Aeroflot. The goat won.

He (the author, not the goat) lives in Miami, Florida.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Principal Cast of Characters

Chapter One

“You’re the Guy?”

Chapter Two

“I Work Where?”

Chapter Three

Sweat, Senators, and Soviets

Chapter Four

Spiro Who?

Chapter Five

“I Never Wanted to be President”

Chapter Six

“Good Morning, Mr. President”

Chapter Seven

“You’re Really Not That Stupid”

Chapter Eight

Davy Crockett

Epilogue

Acknowledgements

Principal Cast of Characters

Chapter One

“You’re the Guy?”

Chapter Two

“I Work Where?”

Chapter Three

Sweat, Senators, and Soviets

Chapter Four

Spiro Who?

Chapter Five

“I Never Wanted to be President”

Chapter Six

“Good Morning, Mr. President”

Chapter Seven

“You’re Really Not That Stupid”

Chapter Eight

Davy Crockett

Epilogue

Acknowledgements

Principal Cast of Characters

Chapter One

“You’re the Guy?”

Chapter Two

“I Work Where?”

Chapter Three

Sweat, Senators, and Soviets

Chapter Four

Spiro Who?

Chapter Five

“I Never Wanted to be President”

Chapter Six

“Good Morning, Mr. President”

Chapter Seven

“You’re Really Not That Stupid”

Chapter Eight

Davy Crockett

Epilogue

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Downstairs at the White House: A teenager, an Oval Office, and a ringside seat to Watergate. 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great fun read...the author has interesting stories and insights . Will be buying for Christmas for both my 13 year old nephew and my 92 year old mother in law.
Arnulfo Moreno More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, witty read about what it was like being a teenage kid in the 70’s: going on awkward dates, navigating a new city as a college freshman and of course working at the White House during the Watergate scandal! Don does a great job of weaving his teenage escapades, while recounting his experience of 1970’s political, social and cultural life in Washington, DC. He’s able to go from the Tet Offensive and the impact it had on the political climate of the country, to his ’64 Chevy Bel Air potentially causing him to lose his security clearance to a cursed desk — the Wilson Desk — and it all makes sense. Having worked on The Hill myself, it was great to see how Watergate would have impacted someone in my shoes. Highly recommend this for any history/politics buffs as well as anyone who grew up in the era (my mom loved this since she was in DC at the time!)
DDJTJ More than 1 year ago
DOWNSTAIRS AT THE WHITE HOUSE:THE STORY OF A TEENAGER,AN OVAL OFFICE AND A RINGSIDE SEAT TO WATERGATE BY DONALD M STINSON, tells the "downstairs" version of working in the White House, EOB & the Watergate disaster. The book is not only the story of Mr.Stinson, teenager, college student and White House "help" but it tells of history in the making, plus the history of the White House, EOB. You get to feel what it is really like working as a "gofer." Mr. Stinson not only wrote about Watergate from his perspective but lived it. I found the book not only very informative about the workings of our government, but some of the stories and some of the situations Mr.Stenson gets into totally hilarious! As a rule I dont do many biographies, or autobiographies because they can be kinda dry at times .However, Mr.Stinson has injected stories in his, using his experiences & made this book a VERY good read! I recieved this book free from goodreads in exchange for an honest review!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don Stinson takes the reader on a journey through time to one of the most consequential periods in the history of the American Presidency. This, however, is not your typical history book. The reader is provided with a rare combination of history and humor from someone with a front row seat to the Nixon and Ford administrations. Downstairs at the White House is a must-read for any fan of American history, politics, and/or the American Presidency.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a story! I’ve never laughed so hard and been so moved at the same time. Great writer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read! Once I got into it, nothing else got done until I finished!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down! Some parts were so funny I almost fell out of my chair. His description of President Nixon definitely surprised me. I'm not sure I believe that he didn't know where the was working for a few days, but then again he was only 17. So glad I read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, Fast and Fact Filled - Downstairs at the White House is a great read. History comes alive as the author let's us relive those days in the Nixon White House through the eyes of a wide eyed teenager. Very enjoyable!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if you are remotely interested in the U.S. presidents this must be read Rarely do I read a nonfiction book that hooks me as this one did. The author offered a historical book that personalized American presidents and their wives. Nowhere do you read Stinson's private political leanings or judgements. I cannot praise this as highly as it deserves. I want to read it again.