“A juicy new book. . . . A touching story.” (The Daily Beast)
“A work of great historical interest that is also quite entertaining.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Kate Andersen Brower’s The Residence is one of those rare books that is both elegant portraiture and highly readable, important White House history. The anecdotes are fresh and the analysis cogent. The stories about Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama are irresistible. Highly recommended!” (Douglas Brinkley, editor of The Reagan Diaries)
“The Residence is a true insider’s tour of the White House. Never before has the president’s home appeared so loud and so human.” (Chris Matthews, host, Hardball on MSNBC)
“The tell-all The Residence, featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious.” (The Washington Post)
“If you’ve been geeking out over the details of the Underwoods’ residence on House of Cards, or you loved that centerpiece story line on Sunday’s Veep premiere, prepare to encounter the motherlode: Kate Brower’s The Residence.” (Glamour)
“This intimate portrait of what it’s like to take care of the first family is a compelling read. Whether you’re a political or history junkie or devoted Downton Abbey viewer, this book adds unique context to understanding our presidents as human beings.” (Chuck Todd, moderator, Meet the Press)
“Superbly reported. . . . A fascinating backstage account of the world’s most famous residence.” (Judy Woodruff, anchor, PBS NewsHour and former White House Correspondent for NBC News)
“Beautifully written, The Residence offers a unique and compelling view of what really happens inside the very private White House. An absolute must-read!” (Norah O'Donnell, co-host, CBS This Morning and former Chief White House Correspondent for CBS)
From the Back Cover
“Absolutely delicious.”—Washington Post
From the mystique of the glamorous Kennedys to the tumult that surrounded Bill and Hillary Clinton during the president’s impeachment to the historic tenure of Barack and Michelle Obama, each new administration brings a unique set of personalities to the White House—and a new set of challenges to the fiercely loyal and hardworking people who serve them: the White House residence staff.
In her runaway bestseller The Residence, former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower pulls back the curtain on the world’s most famous address. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with butlers, maids, chefs, florists, doormen, and other staffers—as well as conversations with three former first ladies and the children of four presidents—Brower offers a group portrait of the dedicated professionals who orchestrate lavish state dinners; stand ready during meetings with foreign dignitaries; care for the president and first
lady’s young children; and cater to every need the first couple may have, however sublime or, on occasion, ridiculous.
“Superbly reported. . . . A fascinating backstage account of the world’s most famous residence.”—Judy Woodruff, anchor, PBS NewsHour and former White House Correspondent for NBC News