The Residence

The Residence

Inside the Private World of the White House

Streaming Audiobook - 2015
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A remarkable history with elements of both In the President's Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas. America's First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family. These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion's 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d'oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level's basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love. Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members-many speaking for the first time-with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy's private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband's assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon's resignation and President Clinton's impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062373892
0062373897
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: streaming audio file (1 audio file (10hr., 16 min.)) : digital

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Nov 15, 2016

It's interesting to hear about the different jobs there are at the White House that I would never have thought of, but it's very depressing to hear over and over about the ridiculous things the First Families would demand. What it boils down to is a political celebrity tell-all. By the 4th disk, I couldn't stand listening to it anymore. Yes, there are some heartwarming stories about the staff interaction with the First Families, but you can only listen to stores of the LBJ bathroom demands, and Nancy Reagan' obsessive perfectionism just so long.

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