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The White House: The President's Home in Photographs and History Hardcover – October 31, 2011
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Mike McCurry is a veteran political strategist and spokesperson with over 30 years of experience in Washington D.C. McCurry served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995-1998). He also served as spokesman for the Department of State (1993-1995) and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee (1988-1990). McCurry held a variety of leadership roles in national campaigns for the Democratic ticket from 1984 to 2004.
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So I was pleased to discover this book; just released and completely up-to-date, it's exactly the souvenir I was hoping to bring home from DC. Its solid history of the White House does not overwhelm and its stunning selection of White House photographs, and the stories behind them, has kept me browsing for hours. (Yes, the Nixon-and-Elvis photograph is here, complete with its own funny story.)
Interestingly, this book was published "in cooperation with the White House Historical Association" - the group that has published "The Living White House" for 45 years. If the WHHA's goal here was to breathe new life into its old book by having Vicki Goldberg take the reins, then it succeeded admirably.
Photography critic Vicki Goldberg, in cooperation with the White House Historical Association, has compiled some of the structure's history in the beautiful format of THE WHITE HOUSE: THE PRESIDENT'S HOME IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND HISTORY.
This coffee table-style book contains more than 250 photos, both color and black and white, depicting the White House and its occupations. In addition, there is background information on each photo. Some information is brief, while other is quite informative.
The book is broken down into chapters. These chapters include: The East Rome; Weddings and Funerals; President's Portraits; President's Families; Cameras at the White House; White House News, Media and Image; The White House and Technology; Animals at the White House; and The People's House.
The beginning of the book also features a list of all the presidents, the dates they served, and the names of their first ladies. Former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry provides the foreword for this delightful book.
The featured photos show a wide range of topics from important meetings of world leaders to First Lady Grace Coolidge's pet raccoon, from John Travolta and Princess Diana dancing at a gala to President John Kennedy's casket, from First Lady Betty Ford dancing on the Cabinet Room table to cowboy Monty Montana lassoing President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
THE WHITE HOUSE is filled with a wealth of information about America's presidents and their temporary residence. This would be a great book for students to learn by, as well as a lovely addition to anyone's library collection.
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Then, of course, there's the spectacular photo of Lyndon Johnson and Carol Channing (and Princess Di and John Travolta opposite them). Calvin Coolidge, about whom nobody knows much, appears on several pages in various costumes, along with the story of how hard it was to reach him when he suddenly became President. There are many photos here that I had never seen before and so many delicious stories about the Presidents, their home and their habits. Never mind coffee tables--this is a book to read and to savor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great coffee table book. Very informative, and the photos are awesome. Must have for anyone interested in Washington DC
or presidents or the White House.
For a book published by The White House Historical Association, they almost omit mention of one of our most recent presidents 43 and in most you hardly see him--and put in a couple... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gail
This book is a must if someone is interested in this historic building. I didn't know that during the Truman Administration that the White House was gutted and remade from the... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Norma S. Clark
This book is an excelent deal. It arrived in a timley fashion and in perfect condition. My mother and grandson have been going over it from cover to cover.Published on January 8, 2014 by L. West
Wonderful book given to a daughter who works in The West Wing. Lovely photos and a well written book on the history of our country's beloved " People's House ".Published on December 21, 2013 by Margaret G. Santillo
This book has beautiful pictures. Lots of history. Will help me remember our trip to D.C and the White House.Published on September 9, 2013 by review4u