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First Families: The Impact of the White House on Their Lives Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; New title edition (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060563567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060563561
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Veteran Time correspondent Angelo (First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents) makes the lives of those who either loved or loathed their sojourns in the White House as irresistible as a gossip column. Although some of her stories are well known—such as Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt's distant relationship and Nancy Reagan's devotion to her husband—Angelo has gleaned fresh nuggets from history as well as her personal contacts from a long journalistic career. Andrew Jackson, for example, gave an eight-year-old slave as a christening gift to a relative named after his deceased, beloved wife. President Taft was so fat he got stuck in the presidential bathtub. Lemonade Lucy Hayes banned alcohol at state dinners, but she was undermined by rum punch hidden in platters of oranges. Angelo is particularly skilled at describing the difficulties White House children, including Lyndon Johnson's daughters and Amy Carter, had adjusting to life in a fish bowl. Angelo does, however, ramble, with loosely organized subjects rather than a chronological narrative, and doesn't anchor less familiar figures, like the families of presidents Polk and Pierce, in historical context. 16 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW.
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From Booklist

The acclaimed author of First Mothers (2000) returns to the White House to provide an intimate glimpse into the daily lives of extended presidential families. Focusing on how 43 diverse family units managed to transform a national monument into a family home, Time correspondent and former White House reporter Angelo opts for a subject arrangement rather than a chronological one. Various chapters center on entering and exiting the White House, growing up in the public eye, dealing with the media, entertaining on a grand scale, conducting a courtship or a love affair in a fishbowl, enduring family trials and tragedies, and suffering the slings and arrows of public and private contempt. Stretching back and forth through time, she covers more than 200 years of American history, popular culture, and presidential trivia. Relying heavily on the recollections and memoirs of presidential family members, White House staff, and D.C. journalists, this chatty slice of Americana is chock-full of fun First Family facts. Margaret Flanagan
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on September 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Living a life in a family is difficult enough. Imagine having an argument with your spouse while the TV cameras are on. Imagine your kids report card being broadcast all over the world, worse imagine that you're that kid and it's your report card. Imagine being a kid, particularly a young one and hearing what the other side is saying about your dad. Imagine trying to go to grow up and have a relationship with someone of the other sex. Imagine being a girl, do you think anyone would ever get up the courage to ask you out? On the other hand, with the secret service around you wouldn't have to worry much about date rape. But you probably didn't get to try smoking pot.

Ms. Angelo is a long time correspondent for Time magazine. Her first book was First Mothers, on the mothers of the presidents. Here she has expanded to the people closest to the presidents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Ann Clark on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book last night, and it is wonderful. Not only is it filled with intimate facts about all of the First Families, but it very interesting. It makes you realize that they were real people and did they're duties even if they despised them.

I couldn't put this book down! I am reading constantly, and this is one book that was so good I didn't want it to end! I would recommend this to anyone, 5 stars~
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aphrotrite on October 7, 2012
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The book is interesting in how it presents the story - the chapters are broken down into theme (not time periods) and all presidential families that fit that theme are discussed in the chapter. A unique and fun way to learn about the families. On the downside the author makes the same points over and over and over again through out the book and also assumes that readers are intimately familiar with every president ever to hold office and will no all about them already - as such a lot of reference are by last or first name only and don't contain much background information.

Overall it's a new spin for people who've read a lot of books on presidential history but if you're new to the topic - pick a different book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary W. Burkett on October 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A lot of the antecdotes in this book have been published elsewhere but the insights on how each of the more modern presidential families view the White House were interesting. In all, I would have borrowed this book from the library rather than purchase it. A nice read but not a book I will take off the shelf from time to time to review or share with others.
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