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Black in the White House: Life Inside George W. Bush's West Wing Hardcover – January 1, 2006

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Ron Christie was appointed in 2002 to serve as special assistant to President George W. Bush for USA Freedom Corps and was acting director of that executive office when he left in March 2004. Prior to serving as special assistant to the president, Christie also served as deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney for domestic policy, where he advised the vice president on policy initiatives in health care, budget, tax, and other policy areas from January 2001 to March 2002. Christie did major and small media while in the White House and continues to do so now, having recently appeared on Lou Dobbs, The O'Reilly Factor, and CSPAN 2's Washington Journal. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550392
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,548,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Sloan on January 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This was finally what I have been waiting for. A look inside the Bush White House from someone who wasn't trying to spin the reader. The other reviewer needs a clue. He hosted Ask the White House when he worked there, moron, like many on staff are asked to do. To me, that just makes him all the more credible. I can't wait for his next book!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I expected to read about Mr. Christie's White House experience and was not disappointed. This is an account of his interactions with those he worked with and reported to, from George Bush to others in the West Wing. The purpose was not to give juicy tidbits, but anecdotes about his relationship with those we can only read about. How does a young African American man end up in his unique position in such a relatively short time in his career? I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style, the sense of amazement and appreciation as a witness to what happens behind those closed doors of power. Whatever my political orientation may be, I applaud his candid observations as one of the very few African Americans to function at such a high level in the Executive Branch. Perhaps a youngster with political aspirations (whatever his or her ethnicity) will read this book and be inspired to follow the dream. Read the book for a glimpse at Mr. Christie's experience and get the sensationalism from media! I am confused as to why you print a "book review" (Merlin) from one who admits to never having read the book and formulating impressions from a CSPAN broadcast. I feel this section should be reserved for those who actually READ the book.
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43 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Cristantielli on January 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Received this as a gift and anyone who would say anything bad about this book is a lier, it coudl only be a liberal, it takes courage and guts to be a Black Republican or conservative nowadays, they are called UNCLE TOM's and other names, Thank God for people Like Ron Christi, just because your black does not mean you have to be a Democrat, the book was great and maybe if more Blacks read it and understand that is not so bad to be a Republican but they choose to stay in a hateful party, this will not be publish probably but I had to be honest, BUY THE BOOK IT IS WELL WORTH IT!!!!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Settineri on September 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Pulling into the lot behind the Transition Headquarters, I was startled to see several black SUVs parked with their motors running and earnest looking men peering out the open windows - my introduction to the United States Secret Service. My first glimpse of the Secret Service agents drove home the point that I was about to embark on a journey that, if successful, would put me in close proximity to some of the most powerful and important people in the world. Great, I thought, no pressure at all."

Thus began Ron Christie's interview process for a position as a Deputy Assistant for domestic policy to Vice President-Elect Cheney. Throughout his page-turning book, Black in the White House, he weaves stories together from his three and one half year tenure in the White House that make it read more like a novel than a narrative. He provides a unique view of the Vice President, President and their respective staffs that is seldom, if ever, reported by the media. This book paints a portrait that reveals the true personalities of the leaders of the United States and the tremendous responsibilities they have.

Although sometimes sophomoric, maudlin and perhaps even pandering, Christie tells his stories as if he were a child marveling in awe at the world's leaders for whom he was asked to work instead of as a trained attorney who had important work to do. As a Deputy Policy Advisor to Senator George Allen (son of Redskin's coach Allen) for eight years, he was asked by the Republican Committee in December of 2000 to be an observer of the Presidential recount vote in Jacksonville, Florida.
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By Motherhen on August 28, 2007
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This book is one of my favorites. Ron Christie's persective of the White House workings kept my attention from cover to cover. I have to tell you...his thoughts on some things made me laugh out loud and others made me cry. Thank you for the book Mr. Christie--and you are definitely not a "wart on history's nose". :-)
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By Airborne1 on March 10, 2013
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The inside left out the good stuff. We Americans like a little dirt in our readings. I am glad there was none in this book. Very good reading.
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By Joyce on January 4, 2013
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My son-in-law asked for this book for Christmas and we were able to buy it for a better price than other venders.
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