Pets at the White House provides a spectacular view into one of the most historic homes in the world and all of its four-legged, beaked, and pawed inhabitants from ponies, puppies, and cats to parakeets, sheep, and even an alligator. Interest in presidential pets has risen with the importance, power, and prestige of the American presidency. The American public has an insatiable appetite for stories of everyday life in the White House. This book brings it all to life. With charm, wit, and compelling photographs, author Jennifer Pickens reveals how pets have played an important role in the White House throughout the decades, not only by providing companionship to the presidents and their families, but also by humanizing and softening their political images. The book starts with the Kennedy family and their menagerie of pets and continues through 10 administrations and more than half of a century to the Obama family and First Dog Bo. Throughout the pages are more than 200 exquisite photographs of presidents with their pets in quiet moments as well as more animated times of play, most of which have never been seen before. With a foreword by former First Lady Barbara Bush, this book has earned the devotion of the recent United States First Families, many of whom penned a unique quote for their chapters. This poignant collection of stories and photographs is a must-have for pet lovers and lovers of American history alike.
|Publisher:||Fife & Drum Press|
|Product dimensions:||12.00(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Jennifer Boswell Pickens is a White House social expert, speaker, and event planner. She has personally interviewed dozens of White House insiders, including First Families, social secretaries, chiefs of staff, presidential aides, and White House Executive Residence staff. Her first book, holiday top-seller Christmas at the White House, was the first to fully and accurately document the lavish public and private Christmas decorations, celebrations, themes, traditions, and memories of more than 50 years of First Families. And, like its predecessor, Pets at the White House includes intimate contributions from living former First Families. An accomplished historian, Pickens has served on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, Friends of the SMU Library, and on other civic and prominent boards.
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Pets at the White House: 50 Years of Presidents and Their Pets based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
What a fabulous book! This is a lovely coffee table book. I've enjoyed reading about the many various and unusual animals of the White House. There is information in this book that one does not get in normal history class! It provides a fascinating and unique snapshot into history. I love the photographs, which are beautifully spread throughout the book and I’ve never seen before. The old photographs have been beautifully restored and the newer color photos are stunning. This book lives on our coffee table and guests have enjoyed picking it up and looking through it. It is a gorgeous book that you will enjoy!
Great book for all animal lovers.