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The White House: An Illustrated Tour Hardcover – March 1, 2002

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Bill Harris, a veteran journalist who worked at The New York Times for more than 20 years, is also the author of The White House.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Courage Books (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762414111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762414116
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jim Hood on January 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The front matter dealing with historical evolution of the early White House is accurate and highly interesting. Bill Harris receives points for the accessibility of this book, and I know it is not meant to be the definitive White House tour book. Unfortunately this is the extent of anything positive I can find to say about this book.
Harris' book suffers in two surprising ways. First the reproduction quality of photographs, even current Bush administration photographs, is disappointing. Photographs appear either milky with little contrast or too dark with low light areas appearing as dark brown to black. Most disappointing, and highly surprising are the blatant disconnects between his captions and the photographs they are supposed to describe. It made me wonder if he had benefit of an editor or fact checker at Courage Books. As example, caption descriptions of the Red Room, and State Dining Room each describe the rooms as they presently exist, yet the photographs are 50 and 45 years out of date respectively. Example: the Red Room is described as having been restored in 2000 retaining the American Empire period established in the Kennedy administration, and yet the photograph we are shown is that of the pre-Kennedy, Truman administration renovation produced by B. Altman showing the room furnished in bad reproductions. A similar disconnect between caption and photograph exists for the State Dining Room where, once again the Truman era renovation photograph is shown. The Blue Room is presented in its Kennedy era decoration as though that was how the room currently appears even though it has been redecorated during both the Nixon and Clinton administrations. The book's last page, a list of phot credits titled "Acknowledgments" reveals the reason we find such dated imagery.
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The title of this book is quite misleading. Wanted a book that would give our class a tour of the rooms of the White House and its gardens. This book shows you old hats and gloves and things worn by Presidents. There is far far too little information about the actual White House. For one who teaches children who may never visit the White House, this book was really did little to increase thier knowledge nor may I add, hold their interest.
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As a White House junkie from childhood, this effort by Mr. Harris was weak and the information and photos insultingly outdated even at the time of publication. To present the State Rooms in photos from the Eisenhower and Nixon administrations as current was nothing short of shoddy journalism. Don't waste your money on this book. The White House Historical Association's guide is a much more solid investment.
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By A Customer on January 2, 2003
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I don't often find a coffee-table worthy book [at this price]. This book has more content (including great historical coverage) than I expected, and I am happily suprised. Great product!
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