In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the White House, the Whitcombs provide an irresistible chronological overview of daily life in the presidential residence. Divided into 42 chapters representing each succeeding administration, this survey is brimming with fun facts, tantalizing tidbits, and memorable anecdotes detailing two centuries of domestic bliss and strife in the White House. From George Washington, who chose the sight and initiated work on the presidential mansion, to Bill Clinton, whose well-documented White House escapades titillated and scandalized the nation, each individual president has contributed to the mystique of the most readily recognized home in the U.S. Together with scores of drawings, portraits, and photographs, the breezy text chronicles the significant physical, social, and emotional changes wrought by each First Family as they sought to personalize daily life in the White House. A broadly appealing slice of Americana. Margaret FlanaganCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"Fascinating.It's a rich source of information about 40 of our presidents with dozens of photographs that give new meaning to in-house."
- "Tampa Tribune
"A genuine page-turner.Both wise and witty, Real Life at the White House is perhaps the most delightful 'house' tour you'll ever take."
"Anecdotes are very much the point of Real Life at the White House, which relates each successive family's experience there."
-"New York Daily News
..."a lively account of private lives being lived in a public place.The Whitcombs have brought history and architecture together in a very human story of an enduring monument to American democracy."
.." .a lively history of the families who made their homes here and the ways in which each put a personal stamp - for good or for bad - on the building."
- "San Antonio Express News