A"New York Times"bestseller: A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at life on Pennsylvania Avenue with America s first families, by the man who spent nearly three decades in their midst 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 ...
A"New York Times"bestseller: A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at life on Pennsylvania Avenue with America s first families, by the man who spent nearly three decades in their midst 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. "
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Well written. Contains fact about the president and families that were likely not know before. Recommend the book.
Mar 10, 2011
FASCINATING PIECE OF HISTORY
The book is well written, and insightful, without being invasive. Interesting to learn that "there's nothing new under the sun", that some of what we're seeing in recent presidents is what has been in others.
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