The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

by Kate Andersen Brower


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ISBN-13: 9780062305190
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)

About the Author

Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Residence and New York Times bestseller First Women. She is a CNN contributor and has spent four years covering the Obama White House for Bloomberg News and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. She has written for the New York Times, Vanity FairTime, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. She lives outside of Washington, D.C., with her husband, their two young children, and their wheaten terrier.

Table of Contents

Main Cast of Characters ix

Introduction 1

Chapter I Controlled Chaos 29

Chapter II Discretion 79

Chapter III Devotion 103

Chapter IV Extraordinary Demands 123

Chapter V Dark Days 141

Chapter VI Sacrifice 161

Chapter VII Race and the Residence 173

Chapter VIII Backstairs Gossip and Mischief 207

Chapter IX Growing Up in the White House 223

Chapter X Heartbreak and Hope 243

Epilogue 269

Acknowledgments 277

Sources and Chapter Notes 283

Selected Bibliography 293

Index 297

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The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Beachbabe1 More than 1 year ago
Save your money on this one. instead, buy JB West's book, Upstairs at the White House.  The Residence is just a compilation of anecdotes from other sources., mostly the West book  and First  Lady Autobiographies. And those are written far better than this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same repeated stories.I kept waiting for somethng new to happen.
Aelius More than 1 year ago
An exceptional book that brings one of the world's most important and intriguing buildings to life.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Most books set in and around the White House involve the Secret Service members, but not this one - this one solely focuses on those members who stay in their jobs for a long long time, they are those who become very close with the families who live in these homes all for temporary stays and forego family and personal things for the sake of the First Family.   I loved how this book was laid out by subject and not chronologically, so the author could easily group similar instances amongst the presidents in the same chapter.  It was fun to read similarities and differences among the families and their stays in the White House.  The two chapters that I would read over and over are the one the centers around the children of the Presidents and how their ages impacted their experiences in the White House and the other chapter was the tragedy chapter - JFK assassination and 9/11.  I have read many things about those two incidents, but it was different reading it through different eyes - those who live in the White House and experience those two events in very different ways from many people.  I loved it! Whether you live near DC like me and find the White House and all things like it interesting or you just have a fascination with how this home is still a home to both the nation and a family, this book is the perfect read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great "pick up - put down" book if you are a busy person. The stories were fun, sometimes touching and revealing. It illustrates the dedication of the staff in terms of confidentiality, perfectionism, and pride. The author focuses on the Bush, Clinton, Kennedy, Reagan, Johnson and Obama administrations and is refreshingly non-political. I enjoyed it and have passed it along for others to enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wasted over $16 pre-ordering this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Save your money on this one. There were absolutely NO surprises in this book. We all know about the Clinton affair, and that LBJ and Nancy Reagan were difficult to please. There are so many better informational books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book....couldn't put it down.An American Downton Abbey!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Brower presents many well-known tidbits of the White House's famous residents, spiced with just enough gossip about Mrs. Reagan and Mrs. Clinton to keep us reading. What is appealing are interviews of retired staff because of their loyalty, kindness and talents; they were wholly devoted to caring for the Presidents and their families. The staff represents a unique culture – it’s a refreshing, inspiring and bittersweet walk down memory lane for those of us who’ve lived through the years since World War II.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the dryest repetetive compilations of old anecdotes ever. Save you money on this one
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Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad story of the first families from recollections of the White House staff. Material itself ranges from very interesting to bland. Suffers from poor organization and aimless repetition. Would benefit greatly from a good editing. Enjoyable, nevertheless.
KarenEvans More than 1 year ago
I discovered this book while browsing at Schuler Books, a bookstore from my childhood that I revisited recently due to curiosity. One of the staff members placed a sign near it recommending the book and sharing that she could not put it down. I thought it looked interested but highly doubted it would be difficult to put down. Well, I started it Saturday morning while getting ready. I read some more while I waited for my color to process at Kane and Co. (ask for Melissa), I read through lunch, and I read until 6:40pm when I finished reading the last sentence on the last page. The book was so incredibly interesting and allowed me to see life from the viewpoints of White House staff and the first family- again, my snoopy desire to see what the lives of others are like. One of the most interesting aspects to me was the discussion of the transition between presidents. The White House staff is grieving the loss of a family they have worked for throughout the past 4-8 years and yet have exactly six hours to move the former president out, move the new president in, and instantly start working for the new family without missing a beat. This is a great summer read, especially with the election coming up this November.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected, but still a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, I couldn't put it down. All of the "insider" information was very interesting to me and I recommended it to my mom and my sister and they both loved it, too!
reader-on-the-go More than 1 year ago
I read this book before I read Crisis of Character. This book was most enjoyable and it confirms things written in Crisis of Character. The Clinton's don't need back in the White House. I can't imagine the White House staff is looking forward to their return.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting. But after a while you get tired of reading about how proud the overworked, unappreciated, underpayed black men were to be working for these self-satisfied narcissists (sic). I get it... good job, different generation. But my god! And for crying out loud. You'd think the writer would have done enough research to know it was a myth that JFK, Jr. was ever called John-John.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got to see behind the curtain. Great stories and people with depth and dignity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting read. A little piece of history.
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I enjoyed this book very much. Highly recomend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had some great stories. I would recommend it highly.