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Title Upstairs at the White House
Author J. B. West
Publisher Open Road Media
Release Date 2013-10-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 381
ISBN 9781480449381
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this New York Times bestseller, the White House chief usher for nearly three decades offers a behind-the-scenes look at America’s first families. J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—and coordinated its daily life—at the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings and funerals, gardens and playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and, with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home. For twenty-eight years, first as assistant to the chief usher, then as chief usher, he witnessed national crises and triumphs, and interacted daily with six consecutive presidents and first ladies, as well as their parents, children and grandchildren, and houseguests—including friends, relatives, and heads of state. J. B. West, whom Jackie Kennedy called “one of the most extraordinary men I have ever met,” provides an absorbing, one-of-a-kind history of life among the first ladies. Alive with anecdotes ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating political strategies to Jackie Kennedy’s tragic loss and the personal struggles of Pat Nixon, Upstairs at the White House is a rich account of a slice of American history that usually remains behind closed doors.

Title Upstairs at the White House
Author J. B. West
Publisher Open Road Media Books
Release Date 2016-06-21
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 398
ISBN 1504038673
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Originally published: New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, c1973.

Title Upstairs at the White House
Author J. B. West
Publisher Penguin Adult Hc/Tr
Release Date 1973
Category Presidents
Total Pages 381
ISBN 069810546X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Provides intimate recollections, from the Chief Usher of the White House, of the social events, life-styles, and decorative preferences that characterized presidential households from Roosevelt to Nixon.

The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower

Title The Residence
Author Kate Andersen Brower
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2016-03-08
Category History
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780062476012
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An intimate, behind-the-scenes history of the White House service staff, from the Kennedys to the present America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family. These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d’oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level’s basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love. Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members—many speaking for the first time—with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband’s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House.

Inside The White House by Ronald Kessler

Title Inside the White House
Author Ronald Kessler
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 1996
Category History
Total Pages 305
ISBN 9780671879198
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Using interviews with Secret Service agents, aides, servants, and others, the author offers a backstage look at the inner workings of the White House

Title Backstairs at the White House
Author Gwen Bagni
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1979
Category Television mini-series
Total Pages 469
ISBN 0553122940
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A White House Diary by Lady Bird Johnson

Title A White House Diary
Author Lady Bird Johnson
Publisher University of Texas Press
Release Date 2007-11-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 856
ISBN 0292717490
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Originally published in 1970, A White House Diary is Lady Bird Johnson's intimate, behind-the-scenes account of Lyndon Johnson's presidency from November 22, 1963, to January 20, 1969. Beginning with the tragic assassination of John F. Kennedy, Mrs. Johnson records the momentous events of her times, including the Great Society's War on Poverty, the national civil rights and social protest movements, her own activism on behalf of the environment, and the Vietnam War.

Title Inside the White House
Author Noel Grove
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2013-01-01
Category Presidents
Total Pages 351
ISBN 1426213042
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In collaboration with the White House Historical Association, National Geographic presents this authoritative overview of America's first home featuring never-before published stories and photographs. Organized by theme, discover what makes the White House tick--from its beginnings to the modern day, from the architecture, to the staff, to the first families. Learn fascinating details of the real-life Downton Abbey staff who run this grand home. Marvel at the elaborate detail that goes into hosting a state dinner. Meet the beloved pets who've inhabited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Read about celebrity visitors, the media, and the security so critical in today's world. Sidebars contain tidbits of rare information, and an appendix includes an illustrated time line of all White House First Families as well as a complete index. Photos include intimate and candid glimpses of life inside the White House--some never before seen, others long forgotten, and most never displayed in such large format.

Title West Winging It My unforgettable time in the White House
Author Pat Cunnane
Publisher Bonnier Publishing Ltd.
Release Date 2018-04-19
Category Humor
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781911600558
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Is it more like The West Wing or House of Cards? Do you have to put your try table up on Air Force One? Is the President any good at basketball? What do you call him when you talk to him? How do you pick the people the president meets with? Is he really that cool, or is it an act? West Winging It pulls the drapes back on life in the White House, offering an insider's glimpse of what it's really like - from the minutiae to the momentous - to work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This brilliant book provides a front-row seat to history as, for the first time, Millennials ran the country - a classic fish-out-of-the-water story, only these fish are trying to run the United States of America. With cameos from Barack Obama, Joe Biden and a colourful collection of characters in the form of staffers, Secret Service agents and slippery journalists - West Winging It is a truly unique take on one of the most unique offices in the world.

The Upstairs House by Julia Fine

Title The Upstairs House
Author Julia Fine
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2021-02-23
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780062975843
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Buzzfeed Most Anticipated Book of the Year • A The Millions Most Anticipated Book of the Year "A massively entertaining and slyly enlightening story nestled inside another story like a ghost within its host." —Kathleen Rooney, author of Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey and Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk In this provocative meditation on new motherhood—Shirley Jackson meets The Awakening—a postpartum woman’s psychological unraveling becomes intertwined with the ghostly appearance of children’s book writer Margaret Wise Brown. There’s a madwoman upstairs, and only Megan Weiler can see her. Ravaged and sore from giving birth to her first child, Megan is mostly raising her newborn alone while her husband travels for work. Physically exhausted and mentally drained, she’s also wracked with guilt over her unfinished dissertation—a thesis on mid-century children’s literature. Enter a new upstairs neighbor: the ghost of quixotic children’s book writer Margaret Wise Brown—author of the beloved classic Goodnight Moon—whose existence no one else will acknowledge. It seems Margaret has unfinished business with her former lover, the once-famous socialite and actress Michael Strange, and is determined to draw Megan into the fray. As Michael joins the haunting, Megan finds herself caught in the wake of a supernatural power struggle—and until she can find a way to quiet these spirits, she and her newborn daughter are in terrible danger. Using Megan’s postpartum haunting as a powerful metaphor for a woman’s fraught relationship with her body and mind, Julia Fine once again delivers an imaginative and “barely restrained, careful musing on female desire, loneliness, and hereditary inheritances” (Washington Post).

Title Women of the White House
Author Amy Russo
Publisher Welbeck Publishing Group
Release Date 2021-06-24
Category History
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9781802790214
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Women of the White House looks at the work, lives and times of the 47 women officially recognized as America's first lady. Through portraits, photographs, accounts and profiles, the book examines their contributions to the presidencies they supported and to the 230-year history of the role. The women who have held the position have evolved it from White House hostess to campaigner for social causes and a game-changing leadership position. A role model for the world, a powerful political player, a traditional yet modern woman – the position of first lady of the United States is many-faceted, complex and beyond high profile. In this fully up-to-date book, Amy Russo explores how the social platforms these women established – from Mary Todd Lincoln's work for slaves and soldiers after the Civil War to feminist icon Michelle Obama's fight for girls' education – have not only made the role iconic but also shaped America.

Upstairs At The Roosevelts by Curtis Roosevelt

Title Upstairs at the Roosevelts
Author Curtis Roosevelt
Publisher U of Nebraska Press
Release Date 2017-07
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781612349015
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Curtis Roosevelt knew what it was like to live with a president. His grandfather was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. From the time Curtis, with his sister, Eleanor, and recently divorced mother, Anna Roosevelt Dall, moved into his grandparents’ new home—the White House—Curtis played, learned, slept, ate, and lived in one of the most famous buildings in the world with one of its most famous residents. Curtis Roosevelt offers anecdotes and revelations about the lives of the president and First Lady and the many colorful personalities in this presidential family. From Eleanor’s shocking role in the remarriage of Curtis’s mother to visits from naughty cousins and trips to the “Home Farm,” Upstairs at the Roosevelts’ provides an intimate perspective on the dynamics of one of America’s most famous families and those who visited, were friends, and sometimes even enemies.

Downstairs At The White House by Donald M Stinson

Title Downstairs at the White House
Author Donald M Stinson
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2017-10-25
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 368
ISBN 0692952535
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The memoir of a teenager who frequently loitered outside the Oval Office during Watergate.

Under This Roof by Paul Brandus

Title Under This Roof
Author Paul Brandus
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date 2015-09-29
Category History
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781493019311
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“Like taking a tour of the White House with a gifted storyteller at your side!” Why, in the minutes before John F. Kennedy was murdered, was a blood-red carpet installed in the Oval Office? If Abraham Lincoln never slept in the Lincoln Bedroom, where did he sleep? Why was one president nearly killed in the White House on inauguration day—and another secretly sworn in? What really happened in the Situation Room on September 11, 2001? History leaps off the page in this “riveting,” “fast-moving” and “highly entertaining” book on the presidency and White House in Under This Roof, from award-winning White House-based journalist Paul Brandus. Reporting from the West Wing briefing room since 2008, Brandus—the most followed White House journalist on Twitter (@WestWingReport)—weaves together stories of the presidents, their families, the events of their time—and an oft-ignored major character, the White House itself. From George Washington—who selected the winning design for the White House—to the current occupant, Barack Obama—the story of the White House is the story of America itself, Brandus writes. You’ll: Walk with John Adams through the still-unfinished mansion, and watch Thomas Jefferson plot to buy the Louisiana Territory Feel the fear and panic as British invaders approach the mansion in 1814—and Dolley Madison frantically saves a painting of Washington Gaze out the window with Abraham Lincoln as Confederate flags flutter in the breeze on the other side of the Potomac Be in the room as one president is secretly sworn in, and another gambles away the White House china in a card game Stand by the presidential bed as one First Lady—covering up her husband’s illness from the nation—secretly makes decisions on his behalf Learn how telephones, movies, radio, TV changed the presidency—and the nation itself Through triumph and tragedy, boom and bust, secrets and scandals, Brandus takes you to the presidential bedroom, movie theater, Situation Room, Oval Office and more. Under This Roof is a “sensuous account of the history of both the home of the President, and the men and women who designed, inhabited, and decorated it. Paul Brandus captivates with surprising, gloriously raw observations.”

Title The Murders at White House Farm
Author Carol Ann Lee
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Release Date 2015-07-30
Category True Crime
Total Pages 473
ISBN 9780283072222
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Sunday Times bestseller The definitive story behind the ITV factual drama White House Farm about the horrific killings that took place in 1985. On 7 August 1985, Nevill and June Bamber, their daughter Sheila and her two young sons Nicholas and Daniel were discovered shot to death at White House Farm in Essex. The murder weapon was found on Sheila's body, a bible lay at her side. All the windows and doors of the farmhouse were secure, and the Bambers' son, 24-year-old Jeremy, had alerted police after apparently receiving a phone call from his father, who told him Sheila had 'gone berserk' with the gun. It seemed a straightforward case of murder-suicide, but a dramatic turn of events was to disprove the police's theory. In October 1986, Jeremy Bamber was convicted of killing his entire family in order to inherit his parents' substantial estates. He has always maintained his innocence. Drawing on interviews and correspondence with many of those closely connected to the events – including Jeremy Bamber – and a wealth of previously unpublished documentation, Carol Ann Lee brings astonishing clarity to a complex and emotive case. She describes the years of rising tension in the family that culminated in the murders, and provides clear insight into the background of each individual and their relationships within the family unit. Scrupulously fair in its analysis, The Murders at White House Farm is an absorbing portrait of a family, a time and a place, and a gripping account of one of Britain's most notorious crimes.

The Invisibles by Jesse Holland

Title The Invisibles
Author Jesse Holland
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date 2016-01-01
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781493024193
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Invisibles chronicles the African American presence inside the White House from its beginnings in 1782 until 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that granted slaves their freedom. During these years, slaves were the only African Americans to whom the most powerful men in the United States were exposed on a daily, and familiar, basis. By reading about these often-intimate relationships, readers will better understand some of the views that various presidents held about class and race in American society, and how these slaves contributed not only to the life and comforts of the presidents they served, but to America as a whole.

Title A Kid s Guide to the White House
Author Betty Debnam
Publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date 1997-05-01
Category Family & Relationships
Total Pages 96
ISBN 9780836221534
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Find out how the White House was built, and meet the first families and their pets that have lived there. Take a tour of the public rooms and visit the big back yard.

The Hidden White House by Robert Klara

Title The Hidden White House
Author Robert Klara
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date 2013-10-22
Category History
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781250022936
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Now including an excerpt from THE DEVIL'S MERCEDES: The Bizarre and Disturbing Adventures of Hitler's Limousine in America by Robert Klara. Coming March 2017. Critically acclaimed author Robert Klara leads readers through an unmatched tale of political ambition and technical skill: the Truman administration's controversial rebuilding of the White House. In 1948, President Harry Truman, enjoying a bath on the White House's second floor, almost plunged through the ceiling of the Blue Room into a tea party for the Daughters of the American Revolution. A handpicked team of the country's top architects conducted a secret inspection of the troubled mansion and, after discovering it was in imminent danger of collapse, insisted that the First Family be evicted immediately. What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in American history. While the Trumans camped across the street at Blair House, Congress debated whether to bulldoze the White House completely, and the Soviets exploded their first atomic bomb, starting the Cold War. Indefatigable researcher Robert Klara reveals what has, until now, been little understood about this episode: America's most famous historic home was basically demolished, giving birth to today's White House. Leaving only the mansion's facade untouched, workmen gutted everything within, replacing it with a steel frame and a complex labyrinth deep below ground that soon came to include a top-secret nuclear fallout shelter, The story of Truman's rebuilding of the White House is a snapshot of postwar America and its first Cold War leader, undertaking a job that changed the centerpiece of the country's national heritage. The job was by no means perfect, but it was remarkable—and, until now, all but forgotten.

Title Forty two Years in the White House
Author Irwin Hood Hoover
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1935
Category Blind
Total Pages 332
ISBN LCCN:35023530
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Dinner In Camelot by Joseph A. Esposito

Title Dinner in Camelot
Author Joseph A. Esposito
Publisher University Press of New England
Release Date 2018-04-03
Category History
Total Pages 252
ISBN 9781512602555
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In April 1962, President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy hosted forty-nine Nobel Prize winnersÑalong with many other prominent scientists, artists, and writersÑat a famed White House dinner. Among the guests were J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was officially welcomed back to Washington after a stint in the political wilderness; Linus Pauling, who had picketed the White House that very afternoon; William and Rose Styron, who began a fifty-year friendship with the Kennedy family that night; James Baldwin, who would later discuss civil rights with Attorney General Robert Kennedy; Mary Welsh Hemingway, Ernest HemingwayÕs widow, who sat next to the president and grilled him on Cuba policy; John Glenn, who had recently orbited the earth aboard Friendship 7; historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., who argued with Ava Pauling at dinner; and many others. Actor Frederic March gave a public recitation after the meal, including some unpublished work of HemingwayÕs that later became part of Islands in the Stream. Held at the height of the Cold War, the dinner symbolizes a time when intellectuals were esteemed, divergent viewpoints could be respectfully discussed at the highest level, and the great minds of an age might all dine together in the rarefied glamour of Òthe peopleÕs house.Ó