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Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump

Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump

by Tevi Troy


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"Fight House looks juicy as all hell" - National Review

"Troy seamlessly weaves West Wing gossip with significant moments in modern history." - Jewish Insider


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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621578369
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 333,483
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

TEVI TROY, Ph.D., is a bestselling author, presidential historian, and a frequent television and radio analyst, appearing on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, C-SPAN, and PBS NewsHour, among other outlets. Dr. Troy also has extensive White House experience, having served in several high-level positions over a five-year period, culminating in his service as Deputy Assistant and then Acting Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. He is the author of Shall We Wake the President?, a history of presidents dealing with disasters, which made three best-of-the-year lists in 2016. His 2013 book, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House, was a Washington Post bestseller. Dr. Troy has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.A and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Kami, and their four children.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction xv

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

Acknowledgments 263

Appendix 1 The Infighting Scorecard 265

Appendix 2 White House Nicknames 269

Notes 275

Index 311

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