"Troy seamlessly weaves West Wing gossip with significant moments in modern history." - Jewish Insider
THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FIGHT HOUSE
President Trump’s White House is famously tumultuous.
But as presidential historian and former White House staffer Tevi Troy reminds us, bitter rivalries inside the White House are nothing new.
From the presidencies of Harry S. Truman, when the modern White House staff took shape, to Donald Trump, the White House has been filled with ambitious people playing for the highest stakes and bearing bitter grudges.
In Fight House, you’ll discover:
-The advisor to President Harry Truman that General George Marshall refused to acknowledge
-How the supposed “Camelot” Kennedy White House was rife with conflict
-How Dr. Henry Kissinger displaced other national security advisors to gain President Richard Nixon’s ear
-Why President Jimmy Carter’s personal pettiness and obsession with detail led to a dysfunctional White House—and played a role in his losing the 1980 election
-How the contrasting management styles of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan led to some epic White House staff clashes
-Why the “No Drama Obama” White House was anything but no drama
Insightful, entertaining, and important, Tevi Troy’s Fight House will delight and instruct anyone interested in American politics and presidential history.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The White House Staff Emerges, and Conflicts Follow Truman Ike 1
Chapter 2 Passion for Anonymity on the White House Staff? Not So Much. John F. Kennedy 17
Chapter 3 LBJ: Johnson's Kennedy Obsession Continues 41
Chapter 4 Kissinger-Rogers and the Dangerous Quest for White House Control Nixon 65
Chapter 5 Defined by Rivalry: Robert Hartmann versus Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney Gerald Ford 87
Chapter 6 Overlearning the Lessons of His Predecessors Jimmy Carter 107
Chapter 7 Rivalries Under Reagan: Baker versus Meese, and Regan versus Nancy 131
Chapter 8 Darman and Sununu versus All George H. W. Bush 157
Chapter 9 The Clinton Administration: Semi-Controlled Chaos 181
Chapter 10 Domestic Calm, National Security Turmoil George W. Bush 205
Chapter 11 Conflict in the Era of "No Drama Obama" Barack Obama 229
Conclusion: The Lessons of Fighting at the Highest Level 251
Appendix 1 The Infighting Scorecard 265
Appendix 2 White House Nicknames 269