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Number One Observatory Circle: The Home of the Vice President of the United States Hardcover – July 17, 2017
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"Charles casts a bright light on a little-known national treasure: the vice president's house. Revealed through brilliant research and effort, he presents its rich history, with recollections from the families who have lived there. It was a pleasure to be involved with this project."
--BOB BURGESS, White House Photographer for Vice President Walter Mondale
"Charles has done an extraordinary job of capturing four decades of history on one of America's most treasured homes. A must-read for those wanting to learn more about the official home of the vice president of the United States."
--STEVEN PURCELL, White House Photographer for Vice President Dan Quayle
"Charles researched and interviewed many people, including former vice presidents and their staffs, to present a comprehensive look into the home of the vice president. I have fond memories of times spent there, and shared many of my photos with Charles, and am honored to be a part of this project."--DAVID VALDEZ, White House Photographer for President George H.W. Bush
From the Author
Number One Observatory Circle was our family's home from 1977 to 1981 while I served as vice president of the United States during the Carter administration. Situated on a beautifully manicured, sprawling, highly secured, and heavily wooded landmark of the Naval Observatory grounds in the northwest corner of our nation's capital, the residence became our true home away from home. In a time of ongoing national and international struggles and challenges for this great nation, the peace and tranquility at Number One Observatory Circle proved invaluable, as I would return to the grounds after the rigors of daily Washington politics, not only as the vice president of the United States, but as a husband and a father.
The seventy-two-acre United States Naval Observatory (USNO), on which the vice president's mansion resides, is an incredible landmark, one filled with history, intrigue, and utter beauty. Our family spent many occasions canvassing the grounds, learning fascinating facts while enjoying the sheer elegance of such a treasured site. The memories of my tenure as the vice president of this great nation will forever be with me, along with the fond recollection of the days spent at Number One Observatory Circle.
I'm delighted that Charles has taken such a keen interest in the vice president's residence by publishing an incredibly comprehensive and factual book on Number One Observatory Circle, along with the history of the office of the US vice presidency.
--Walter F. Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the United States (1977-1981)
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The address of Number One Observatory Circle itself has a rich saga and many stories to divulge, but there is history before this was the residence established as permanent for the Vice Presidents and their families. In fact, the very reason that One Observatory Circle became a permanent residence for the second in command of our country is fascinating in and of itself, and Mr. Denyer's telling of it, and countless other little-known and intriguing facts, comes through seamlessly and colorfully through prose rather than bullet points. I very much enjoyed learning about the lives of our VPOTUS, especially as depicted in text by the author, as well as the vibrant, at times very intimate and personal, photographs that are incorporated on nearly every turn of a glossy page. Some of my favorites include a photograph of then VP George Bush in 1987 taking a Polaroid photo of some children in front of the Christmas tree, a casual basketball game with then VP Dan Quayle, a photo of Walter Mondale from 1977 cooking a Thanksgiving turkey (in jeans) and some Halloween moments (costumes and trinkets as well) that tend to be overshadowed in other books or features by Christmas shots instead.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates non-fiction and history, most especially about the United States and our presidencies, as well as those who have an affinity for beautiful books that are also rich in photographically significant contributions. I found the background stories delightful and interesting, and now that I have the book out for others to enjoy, it's not once been passed by without being picked up and awed.
Visiting ex-President’s homes has become a “thing” in my family. We seem to manage to try and visit some historical home or historical site on our road trips or vacation. Several of these homes have been our favorites on many occasions (George Washington’s Mt. Vernon is a family favorite which we visit at least once a year).
When I was offered a chance to receive Number One Observatory Circle: The Home of the Vice President of the United States by Charles Denyer I jumped on the opportunity (although to my shame, not soon enough). Imagine my surprise when I received this beautiful, hard cover, edition – I could not wait to go through it.
The book did not disappoint, not only is it beautiful on the outside, the enclosed photographs of the house, grounds, intimate moments of Vice-Presidents and Presidents with the loved ones, staff, and stuff are alone worth getting the book.
But there is more, the content of this book is both engrossing and educational. I never knew much about the Vice-Presidents’ residence, and its history is relatively short, but nonetheless fascinating. The author goes into a bit of history about the Vice-President’s role and the men who created this “worthless” office into a seat which wields power and authority. HE goes on to describe how the residence came to be and, of course, it’s famous occupants.
The residence is a recent addition to the government, and so the author can dedicate real-estate (pun intended) to its occupants, their rise to power, family life and, of course, decoration of their new home. Each chapter about the Vice-Presidents and their wives gives are a glimpse into their personal home, how it was decorated and their taste in art.
For the record, at the time of this post, we have managed to visit eight homes of ex-Presidents. That number could have been close to 15 if we would have planned better or had more time (usually the latter).
The author Charles Denyer invites us to set aside our political leanings or tendency toward arguments over the political and simply enjoy the comprehensive book he presents us with. It's a beautiful home, and Denyer outlines the people who have lived there over the years--Vice Presidents from Nelson Rockefeller to the current VP Mike Pence--and tells us about the architects and artists who have been a part of it as well as the Naval observatory it is adjacent to. To draw a picture of what it is like to live there, Denyer speaks to several past Vice Presidents and gives us their memories and experiences.
The author also gives us lots of photos and memorabilia such as coffee mugs and Christmas ornaments made especially for Number One Observatory Circle. Each time a new family moves in, they want to decorate and entertain in their own way, so we learn how things in the home change over time. Overall, the book is a fascinating look at the residence and history of the office of our country's number 2 in command that is long overdue for the telling. This book would be a great gift for anyone interested in American history or political history, or even architectural history. Highly recommended