- Hardcover: 381 pages
- Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan (1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 069810546x
- ISBN-13: 978-0698105461
- ASIN: 069810546X
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,212 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Upstairs at the White House: My Life With the First Ladies Hardcover – Unabridged, 1973
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Each family had their own style that the White House staff had to adjust to, from the reserved Roosevelts, to the refined young Kennedys, to the big-as-Texas style of Lyndon Baines Johnson which was in contrast with Lady Bird, his considerate and composed wife.
His portrayals of the First Families are not condescending, yet they are still very respectful. In his position, Mr. West worked closely with the First Ladies and each one had personal qualities that he grew to admire.
The accounts of ceremonies, dinners and banquets, remodelings, sudden changes, and visits by various dignitaries are all compelling reading in themselves. But we get an even more significant historical viewpoint through the description of the events that took place in The White House during crises, such as FDR's death, the attempted shooting of Truman, the Kennedy assasination, LBJ's announcement that he would not seek another term.
Surely, there were frustrations, and many of them are recorded in the book while others were avoided. For instance, I'm sure that Mr. West knew about some of JFK's White House trysts but chose not to write about them. If he would have, the book would have been even more successful than it was.
But Mr. West takes the high road, and we get to enjoy the view with him.
Well done, Mr. Chief Usher.
It tells of interesting parts of daily lives you don't often read about.
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This book was very informative and interesting. I liked the style of the author's writing it kept me engaged in wanting to know what each first lady was like during the years of... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Patti Woodell
This is another one of the books that a person like myself who enjoys history found interesting The inner workings of the White Family makes for interesting reading.Published 3 days ago by William Jennings
At first I thought it would be detailed of White House gossip. After getting into the full story makes me think about all the previous presidents and our current president with... Read morePublished 7 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this kindle selection--interesting to read what actually happens behind the scenes at White House--nicely written--Published 11 days ago by Trish Thomas
Total disappointment. Narrator has a monotone voice that's so mechanical-sounding at first I thougth it was a joke.
What a waste of money!
I liked the philisofical aspect in the story and the charecters chosen to augment same.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer