The Residence

Inside the Private World of the White House
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.27 hours)
Product Number: Z100087283
Released: Apr 07, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062373892
Narrator/s: Karen White
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A remarkable history with elements of both In the President's Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas. 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.

Genre: History
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Apr 07, 2015


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The Residence
Product Number: BX00069877
Product Number:DD15935
Product Number:Z100087283

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Narrator(s): Karen White
Genre: History
Product Number DD15935
Released: Apr 07, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481534574
Genre: History
Product Number EB00628131
Released: Mar 08, 2016
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
ISBN: #9780062476012

Professional reviews

"Brower's history is a tedious, frequently repetitive, account of the lives of the service staff of the White House from the early 1960s to the present. Narrator Karen White's performance is coldly impersonal and poorly suited to the book's theme of fierce loyalty. Combining historical sources and in-person interviews, Brower reveals bias as she chooses words and language constructs with a clear bent for positive comments on liberal Democrats and negative comments on conservative Republicans. Also, the text sounds as if the author wants listeners to be impressed with how much time she's spent within the walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. White's greatest weakness is her insistence on impersonating many of the staffers, making them sound similar or stereotypical. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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