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A richly illustrated book on America's most famous residence. Packed with photographs and anecdotes from every administration this is the essential guide to Presidetial living....

Title : Real Life at the White House: 200 Years of Daily Life at America's Most Famous Residence
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ISBN : 9780415939515
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 512 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Real Life at the White House: 200 Years of Daily Life at America's Most Famous Residence Reviews

  • James
    2019-02-23 07:47

    A fascinating alternative look at the US presidency, through the lens of the White House and the families who lived there, full of lots of interesting bits and pieces about presidential gardens, swimming pools and wallpaper.

  • Deb
    2019-03-13 05:02

    This book looks at how the families of the various Presidents lived and entertained in the White House. Who knew, for instance, that for close to 100 years Presidents were expected to pay their secretaries (and any other help they needed)out of their own salaries? Beginning with John and Abigail Adams, first families struggled with vermin, poor sewage, too little money, too little security, importunate office seekers and no privacy. Many early Presidents were widowers who needed female relatives to come and serve as hostess for political and diplomatic functions. Others had hordes of children and even grandchildren living with them. Some of the most obscure Presidents by twenty-first century standards have the most intriguing stories. Franklin Pierce and Andrew Johnson come immediately to mind. And as with many other trivia categories, Grover & Francis Cleveland top the list,

  • Sandra
    2019-03-03 23:50

    With history as a backdrop, this book takes you through all our presidents and how they lived in the White House. Interesting insight into who these men were and what their lives were like during their terms of office. It also gives an understanding of the families, and how varied they have been. Well worth reading.

  • Susan
    2019-03-10 06:52

    Unbelievably interesting... addictive; fascinating. If only I'd had this book in grade school. When read in company, worth countless outbursts of "Oh my gosh! You won't believe this! When so-and-so was president, ..."

  • Ayelet
    2019-03-16 07:12

    Goes through each President and their history in the White House. A little slow at times and needs more pictures but has some very interesting stories.

  • Shawna
    2019-03-21 23:51

    An interesting, well-written book about our presidents, their families and all of their idiosyncracies (and they had a lot of them!).

  • Anna
    2019-03-21 07:49

    This book was *excellent*. If you're a fan of presidential anecdotes and history, you'll greatly enjoy this comprehensive look at the White House.

  • William
    2019-03-06 04:07

    This book did an excellent job of steering clear of political history and focused solely on the history of the White House and the people who lived there.Fascinating, overall.

  • Jill
    2019-03-05 05:07

    I have always been fascinated by the presidents and their families. Loved to learn what they were like when they were not in front of the press or on TV.

  • David
    2019-03-01 02:58

    Interesting POV on the history of the Presidency...