The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

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HarperCollins, Mar 8, 2016 - 336 pages
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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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User Review  - flourgirl49 - LibraryThing

Mildly interesting book about all of the people who work in the White House - some for decades. Fortunately for the First Families, but unfortunately for the readers, these butlers, maids, electricians, plumbers, florists, chefs, etc. don't dish up much dirt. Read full review

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User Review  - EllsbethB - LibraryThing

This is a fascinating look into the nuts and bolts of the White House and how the staff serves the First Families. It helps to humanize our presidents and provides intriguing insights on both mundane and historical events. It makes for a good audio listen. Read full review


Main Cast of Characters
Controlled Chaos
Extraordinary Demands
Race and the Residence
Backstairs Gossip and Mischief
Growing Up in the White House
Heartbreak and Hope
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About the author (2016)

Kate Andersen Brower spent four years covering the Obama White House for Bloomberg News and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. She lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and their two young children.

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