- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (April 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062305190
- ISBN-13: 978-0062305190
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,089 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A revealing look at life inside the White House…it’s Downton Abbey for the White House staff.” (The Today Show)
“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)
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“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
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Instead of having a chapter on keeping what servants see a secret, the topic comes up again and again, chapter after chapter, while also discussing the presidents fraternizing with the help, again and again, chapter by chapter, and in the middle, continually mentioning again and again that some servants stay on for decades, again and again, chapter after chapter.
If my rambling seems a bit unprofessional, you have now gotten to experience what it is like to try to traverse the pages of The Residence.
The material is wonderful, but it's presentation is, well, see above.
What's really incredible about this book is the dedication and service these men and women have made to serving not just the first families, but the institution of the White House. There are some families who have generations of family members who have served there. One family had like 5 or 6 family members working at the White House. They all loved and honored the traditions there and they all served no matter who got elected.
One other thing I loved: You don't realize it until you read just how complicated it is for the first family to move into the White House. One family moves out with moving trucks, while the new family moves in -- all while the inauguration is taking place. It's so cool. I love this book and recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the presidency or the institution of the WH.
It was refreshing to read about dedicated workers, taking pride in what they did. And, I am certain that the White House families appreciate the fact that this is NOT a "tell all" book, provided by paid interviews. How refreshing ! There is something to be said for loyalty, in a city like Washingon, DC.