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An Invitation To The White House : At Home With History Hardcover – November 14, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (November 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684857995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684857992
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The most famous house in the United States serves as both private home and public domain. Every year brings an assortment of international dignitaries, down-home performers, local civic events, and family meals. Encompassing both rich historic tradition and modern lifestyles, the White House is a national symbol of pride in our distinct culture. An Invitation to the White House brings together detailed history and recent events with style. Each page is covered with lush photographs; some are public displays of formal greetings and gift exchanges, while others are obviously personal family snapshots from the Clintons' collection. From Chelsea showing her young cousin the family Christmas tree to Bill and Hillary listening raptly to a speech by Stephen Hawking, you'll find shots showing every facet of life at the White House. Many photos are devoted to showing the house "behind the scenes," and they present us with details like flower arrangements, plate garnishings, and delicate calligraphy for the place cards at formal dinners.

The accompanying text by Hillary Rodham Clinton is written with a pleasing mixture of fine detail--"Mrs. Barak and I did not stay awake as late as our husbands did"--and general sociopolitical commentary such as "The unified stance solidified that weekend was yet another reminder of the importance of NATO's alliance." Food is an important part of this book, and many sample menus have been included in full. The last chapter is filled with delightful recipes from the White House chefs, and includes such treats as new potatoes with lobster and bacon, hot pumpkin soup, and mocha cake. Whether you're a history buff, a die-hard Democrat, or just a fan of vivid coffee-table books, An Invitation to the White House is the next best thing to an actual visit. --Jill Lightner

From Booklist

Here's a Rorschach test for your library's patrons: a gorgeously illustrated celebration of the White House's 200th anniversary, a celebration chock-full of pictures of that Arkansas couple some of us love to love and others love to hate. Like Jackie Kennedy's TV tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Clinton's book describes recent refurbishment projects. The volume supplies behind-the-scenes photos of the First Family and the White House staff. It also includes pictures of the wide range of events--state visits by foreign dignitaries, art exhibitions and musical performances, award ceremonies, substantive conferences, and public events such as the annual Easter Egg Roll, holiday celebrations, and millennium ceremonies--that take place there. The final 90 pages record "Recipes from the White House Kitchen," from herbed tomato frittata to a powerful eggnog. There's plenty of useful information here, including a detailed description of a state visit by Czech Republic president Vaclav Havel, which runs from planning through arrival and meetings to dinner and dancing. Modestly priced for its size, the volume includes a brief introduction by historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony and a foreword by J. Carter Brown, treasurer of the White House Historical Association (which will receive all author proceeds; the publisher will donate a portion of its profits to the National Park Foundation). Appropriate for all libraries, but likely to be vandalized where particularly rabid "Foes of Bill" dominate. Mary Carroll
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Customer Reviews

The pictures are large and easy on the eyes, the information is detailed and very well written.
Army_Mum
Unfortunately, it is not logistically possible for all of America to be invited to a White House event...but here we get to see exactly what it looks like!
C. J. Allen
Mrs. Clinton's personal touch was to make the White House more authentically American, both from a historical and a contemporary perspective.
Donald Mitchell

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162 of 185 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Allen on November 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Mrs. Clinton and her staff have complied the most beautiful book ever regarding the social events at The White House! The pictures and copies of menus are marvelous! This is a must for anyone interested in what goes on to prepare for some of the most important events hosted by the White House and First Family! Unfortunately, it is not logistically possible for all of America to be invited to a White House event...but here we get to see exactly what it looks like! This beautifully illustrated piece has captured the grace and elegance of The White House. For a two hundred year old house...it never looked better! :-) Thanks to Mrs. Clinton and the entire White House staff for letting us see your world! What an exciting life it must be!
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Hillary Clinton (with the help of many others) has assembled a beautiful and fascinating account of entertainment inside the White House. You get a birds eye view of the preparations for a state dinner and for Christmas. This book makes it almost seem like you are there. That sales benefit the trsut that supports White House preservation and development is an added bonus.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mark Piske on November 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the ultimate book for those interested in the lifestyles of the rich and powerful, but who can't afford a personal tour of the White House. Here you get a detailed photo tour of the most important house in the world, and what it takes to host events of world-influencing magnitude. No detail is spared in this marvelous peek inside the private life of the first family.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book exceeded my expectations, I found it to be full of photographs which are simply wonderful, composed and executed beautifully, each telling a story. A fascinating glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes, as well as the time the President and Mrs. Clinton, and sometimes their daughter, spent with guests from around the world, and also included are some candid views of everyday life in the White House. The last chapter includes a generous sampling of recipes from White House dinners. All of Mrs. Clinton's proceeds are donated to the White House Historical Association, and hopefully the great restoration work will continue for years to come.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Zahrt on December 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For many of us, the White House is a fascinating topic. There are never enough books to read. Hillary Rodham Clinton has given what I love to see: a book that is genuinely democratic, that is, featuring the butlers and stolling musicians alongside the statesmen and superstars (even to giving us the names of tree-decorating volunteers shown in the photographs). Like no other book on the President's House, this one makes it clear that this is the people's house. Of course it is much more. Within my lifetime it has become a magnificent museum of American History. And take note, not just an archive: the book clearly indicates that visitors will see objects received as the legacy of previous presidents and their families. I remember my once-only walk tour of the White House. It went so fast! While many rooms are a kind of blur, I will never forget leaving by the front door and walking down the curved drive to the street! What a rush. If you can't get to Washington or don't know the president well enough to get his personal guided tour, Mrs. Clinton's book is the next best thing.
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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Irvin Goodman HALL OF FAME on December 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although I'm not one of HRC's greatest fans, I found this new 324 page
super book well done, and a wonderful gift to give or receive. The
price is quite reasonable, as well. I felt that Mrs. Clinton invited
me into "our" White House, giving me a personally escorted
tour of the house, its furnishings, its festivities and its dining.
The more than 200 often breathtaking pictures succeed in giving the
reader an inside view of the public and private areas, rarely seen by
the general public. She even provides us with over 50 interesting
recipes, giving us a flavor of the variety of dinners served here.
Hillary details her interior decorations and gives insight into her
non-partisan, personal side which were often not clearly previously
visible. She has done a magnificent job in tastefully decorating the
house, and this book gives the reader a taste of the flavor that
exists. Portions of the book's proceeds are intended for charity.
This is a coffee table, library book well worth owning and displaying
in your home.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Misha on November 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Well, this was NOT what I expected when I received my copy. This is a well-written, intelligently conceived book that has the reader in a quandary as to whether one should linger over the engaging photographs, or keep flipping the pages to read more about the "House" itself (did you know that 40 layers of paint have just been stripped from the exterior of the White House?). There's also an 80-something page selection of recipes of appetizers and entrees served at State Dinners and other White House functions. What more could you ask for?
Another startling discovery was that, in the midst of Mrs. Clinton's senatorial campaign imbroglio, she was able to show herself not only as a savvy politician, but also as an interior decorator and social hostess for the "most visited residence of a chief of state in the world."
No, Rush Limbaugh and G. Gordon Liddy will most likely not trot out to purchase this book, but this would make an excellent gift for anyone with a sense of style, a purveyance of good taste, and a feel for history, political viewpoints notwithstanding. My only complaint with the book is its somewhat off-setting list price, as well as the bit of back-patting Mrs. Clinton allows herself. However, after eight years under the world's microscope, I suppose she deserves a couple of good pats now and then.
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