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White House: Confidential Paperback – April, 1998
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A thank you.
I had to write to you about your new book. I bought it last Friday, the day of the Senate vote on Clinton's impeachment.... and thought it might lift my spirits over this whole presidential debaucle.
I found your little book at the Princeton Bookstore for $11 [it seemed to be the only book not on sale that day]... and I needed a little humor in my life. I was on a business trip to New Jersey [where I was born] and visited some old, historic places of my ancestors and found myself in Princeton buying your book.
I am a scientist and historian and love interesting stories and trivia about well-known people... presidents included. Your book was wonderfully funny and a joy to read. It was.... what we call in Texas... "a hoot" [Check with your co-author, Jim Morris, for interpretation of this expression].
Every page... a surprise. Some of the stories I had heard, but enjoyed your unique commentary written in clear, conversational English.
I rarely read an author's acknowledgments, but I read yours... much to my delight. I thank all those people who encouraged you to complete it and I thank you and Jim for adding it to my shelf.
Most of us in college took American History, but I suggest that you offer a course surrounding the stories in your book.... maybe American History 101a "Weird Presidential History". It might turn some students on to history ...or anthropology ...or even religion.
In any case, thanks again.
Barry A. Schlech, Ph.D.
I found the book to very easy to read and quite enjoyable. I was treated to several amazing, yet humorous stories of presidents of the past. You'll find the writers ability to convey an objective point of view to be refreshing in this day of political bashing books.
White House Confidential takes you into the private lives of the Oval Office and shows you that what we see today could and did happened in administrations of the past. This book was insightful and allowed me to look at the presidency a little differently.
From Washington to Jefferson to FDR and Bill Clinton, you'll find yourself reading about the lives of those who have held the highest office and those who held a secret place outside the office. The book... would make a great gift for any occasion. Overall a great read!
How well we know about JFK and his harem, or Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, FDR and Eleanor, Ike and Kay Summersby, or even Jimmy Carter lusting only in his heart, but who would have thunk that even Richard Milhous Nixon had a girl friend? Yes, he had a multi-year affair with a Chinese named Marianna Liu. Nixon's scandalous sex-capade gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "opening up new routes to China?" Or equally, who would have imagined that James Buchannan and Vice President William Rufus Vane King was a homosexual pair -- carrying out their trysts in the White house, and were known affectionately as "Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy?
At once, crudely salacious, funny, and apparently well researched (see for instance page 54, incredibly it got exactly right the only event of which I had any first hand knowledge of: regarding Amb. Louis Fields revelations in his book about GHW Bush's tryst with Jennifer Fitzgerald while on a trip to Geneva in 1984. Lou and Kitty Field's, both of whom were close friends of Barbara Bush, were greatly shook over the arrangements they were requested to make that put GWH and Ms. Fitzgerald in a chalet on the sunny side of lac le monde in bedrooms with an adjoining door?)
Even though all of the entries to the book are based on secondary sources; and the book's organization suffers, since it is organized like a tabloid newspaper, it nevertheless has its high and low points.
For one who is unashamed to admit that I read the National Enquirer from time to time, any one who loves history, or loves hearing what the "other side" is doing, will have great fun reading this compilation. Four stars.
It was a guy named John Hanson.
In a new book on weird presidential trivia, "White House: Confidential", journalists Gregg Stebben and Jim Morris prove that Hanson called the shots before the wig-wearing cherry-tree chopper. They even produce quotes from Washington and Thomas Jefferson acknowledging Hanson as the first president.
How is this possible? It's because Hanson was sworn into office under the Articles of Confederation, which predates the Constitution by eight years (actually, he was the first of seven pre-Washington presidents). Moreover, Hanson apparently did a bang-up job.
During his one-year term, the Maryland native launched a postal service, chartered a national bank, created the Treasury Department and--according to some historians--declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. Hanson also handled the awkward task of shrinking the U.S. Army and informing its soldiers that the government couldn't afford to pay them for work already done.
When the militia threatened a coup d'etat, every member of the Continental Congress fled--except Hanson, who stayed behind and negotiated a settlement. Now, Stebben and Morris say Hanson deserves proper recognition. We vote for putting his face on the dollar bill or renaming the nation's capital Hanson, D.C. But Stebben and Morris are willing to settle for Congress passing a law that orders schools to teach about the "real" first president.
Of course, their motives aren't purely historical. If the movement is successful, it could mean another national holiday.
-- Roy Rivenburg, LA Times
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As I think previous reviewers have pointed out, this book is riddled with errors. The first noticed, right at the beginning, is that the President has the right to declare war. Read morePublished on May 19, 2001 by James S. MacDuff
The glowing reviews for this little hit piece (evidentally published to capitalize on the whole impeachment passion play of a couple of years back) moved me to buy the book. Read morePublished on March 2, 2000 by Amazon Customer
This is one of the best books I've ever read on American history and is one I plan on having my children and my parents read. Read morePublished on July 28, 1999
I loved the book. The book is a great synopsis of presidential foibles, follies and forays. The most fascinating part is that everything is true! Thanks Mr. Read morePublished on June 5, 1999
This book is funny and it is irreverent and it is cheeky and it made me laugh out loud, so I think people should buy it. Read morePublished on November 3, 1998
Journalist Gregg Stebben and political impressionist Jim Morris must have possessed a crystal ball when they wrote White House: Confidential about presidential scandals... Read morePublished on September 24, 1998
Journalist Gregg Stebbben and political impressionist Jim Morris must have possessed a crystal ball when they wrote White House: Confidential about presidential scandals... Read morePublished on September 24, 1998
"White House: Confidential" revealed presidential secrets that I'd never heard before. This is a great book for any history buff or the seeker of... Read morePublished on September 18, 1998