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The White House-"downstairs"
No one has insight into the true character of America's First Families like the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to their needs every day. The Residence reveals this hidden side of life in the White House.
They maintain the six-floor mansion's 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare meals for both intimate gatherings and 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 first-person anecdotes with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower reveals the day-to-day workings of the White House as never before.
"Kate Andersen Brower's The Residence is one of those rare books that is an elegant portraiture and highly readable important White House history. The anecdotes are fresh and the analysis cogent. The stories about Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama are irresistible. Highly recommended!"-Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite and The Wilderness Warrior
"Beautifully written, The Residence offers a unique and compelling view of what really happens inside the very private White House. An absolute must-read!"-Norah O'Donnell, co-host, CBS This Morning and former Chief White House Correspondent for CBS
"The first family is also required to cover their personal food and drink expenses-including not just their own meals but also those of their personal guests, which can include dozens of friends and family over the inauguration or the holidays. Walters told me that ‘each and every' first lady, except for Barbara Bush, has seemed surprised and not very pleased to discover this. Many have asked for menus featuring cheaper cuts of meat to cut down on the enormous monthly costs; the Carters even asked to be served leftovers for their own personal meals."-from The Residence
About the Author
Kate Andersen Brower covers the White House for Bloomberg News and has worked as a TV producer at Bloomberg TV, Fox and CBS. She received a master's degree in modern history from Oxford.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||April 7, 2015|