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"Roger Dean Kiser does a great service to children by revealing the injustices experienced by the 'White House Boys.' His story encourages strength in others to share theirs."
--Dave Pelzer, author of the New York Times bestseller A Child Called "It" and recipient of the National Jefferson Award

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About the Author

Roger Dean Kiser is a Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor and respected author whose stories take you into the heart of a child abandoned by his family and abused by the system responsible for his care. Through his stories, he relives the sadness and cruelty of growing up as an orphan in the early 1950s. Today, he lives in Brunswick, Georgia, with his wife, Judy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (January 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075731421X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757314216
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I began reading this book just before midnight on one evening and put it down at 3 o'clock the next morning after finishing the last page. It is one of the saddest most emotional reads I've ever experienced. The author is, in my belief, one of the bravest men I have ever met. (And, believe me, after finishing the book (The White House Boys: An American Tragedy) you will feel as if you truly know the author.) And you will "feel" so much because of him you will want to contact him to ask how you can help spread the word right along with him. You'll want to know how you as a human being can help in making the world a safe place for kids instead of one that harms them.
Because through his story that is what he is trying to do.
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I guess it is prejudice that inspired me to buy this book because I was sent to Marianne Florida, The Florida School for Boys my first time in 1965. I spent ten months there the first time. I went "down" to the White House once in those ten months. After leaving after ten months, I returned again two or three months later and spent fourteen months there. I went "down" to the White House three times in this period. So I can speak with authority about Mr. Tidwell, Mr. White, Mr. Hatten, Mr. Mitchell, Mr. Ellis and Mr. Crockett because of those men, three of them administered the punishment to me. Was it bad? Yes it was, but not as bad as what happened to the author or to any of the others.

There are many other aspects of the story that he either left out by mistake or he had forgotten. I have certain memories that were not related in his story and it was during the state of Florida's integration period in 1966. That is a story in itself. There are other aspects that should have been included, again either by mistake or forgotten.

If the one thing that should come from this book is two things. 1) Healing and 2) that those in the graves are identified and justice sought for them.

After leaving FSB my last time in 1967 I was fifteen and never returned. The impact of that experience is still with me till this day, but it did not affect like the others. My experiences at home were far worse and though the punishment I received was severe, it was nothing compared to what I and my brother endured at home.

So, purchase the book to learn and hope those who were hurt will heal and those who died by the violence inflicted in the White House should have justice.
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The atrocities author Roger Kiser suffered at the hands of his "caretakers" in this Florida institution will make your toes curl. The depravity of the people running this home for boys will sicken you. The triumph and hope that Mr. Kiser offers as a result of his broken life will make your life's troubles pale to trivialities, and cause you to question what right you've ever had to complain.

As Mr. Kiser continues his work with the state of Florida and even the FBI, in an effort to ensure that heinous crimes like the ones committed upon him and other young boys are a thing of the past, he has put his personal life back together, setting an example for all of mankind that nothing is greater than the human spirit.

Written with the strength of a survivor and the compassion of one who knows severe physical and emotional pain, Mr. Kiser's book is a well-scripted look into a childhood of hell.

While the subject matter is difficult, the book is exceptional. It flows from fact to feeling in an effortless, plain-spoken manner and is interspersed with photos as well. The White House Boys...An American Tragedy is a must-read true story of abuse and hope.
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This book is a must read. Like many folks I heard the news stories unfold since last fall with a mounting sense of horror and disbelief. The beatings, abuse, then the grizzly discovery of human remains and unmarked graves (unaccounted for and vastly greater in number than initial estimates). I listened with a stunned sense of incredulity that Gov. Scott and state officials were unwilling to exhume remains and seemingly unwilling to take any responsibility for the systematic and state sanctioned abuse and murder of children placed in the care of the state of Florida. This from NPR: "A few years ago, the state investigated and said it found no evidence that staff at the school had been responsible for any student deaths." [quoted from NPR org website, actual reference deleted in publication of review]. Like many people I felt outraged and helpless. There is no shortage of disturbing and horrifying news stories out there but this one struck me and would not leave my mind. This was not a story about foreign country thousands of miles away engaged in genocide, this is our country, and it did not happen that long ago. (Note: Due to mounting pressure from all sides on Aug 6, 2013 Gov. R Scott finally agreed to exhumation.) [see story from NPR org website, actual reference deleted in publication of review].

Furthermore, stories that started with statements like: "something went horribly awry at the FSB...now coming to light..." made me even angrier.
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