To Serve the President: Continuity and Innovation in the White House Staff (Paperback)
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To Serve the President: Continuity and Innovation in the White House Staff (Paperback)

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Paperback 475 Pages / Published: 30/07/2010
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Nobody knows more about the duties, the difficulties, and the strategies of staffing and working in the White House than Brad Patterson. In To Serve the President, Patterson combines insider access, decades of Washington experience, and an inimitable style to open a window onto closely guarded Oval Office turf. The fascinating and entertaining result is the most complete look ever at the White House and the people that make it work.
Patterson describes what he considers to be the whole White House staff, a larger and more inclusive picture than the one painted by most analysts. In addition to nearly one hundred policy offices, he draws the curtain back from less visible components such as the Executive Residence staff, Air Force One and Marine One, the First Lady's staff, Camp David, and many others -135 separate offices in all, pulling together under often stressful and intense conditions. This authoritative and readable account lays out the organizational structure of the full White House and fills it out the outline with details both large and small. Who are these people? What exactly do they do? And what role do they play in running the nation? Another exciting feature of To Serve the President is Patterson's revelation of the total size and total cost of the contemporary White House -information that simply is not available anywhere else.
This is not a kiss-and-tell tale or an incendiary expose. Brad Patterson is an accomplished public administrator with an intimate knowledge of how the White House really works, and he brings to this book a refreshingly positive view of government and public service not currently in vogue. The U.S. government is not a monolith, or a machine, or a shadowy cabal; above all, it is people, human beings doing the best they can, under challenging conditions, to produce a better life for their fellow citizens. While there are bad apples in every bunch, the vast majority of these people ply their trades honestly and earnestly, often in complete anonymity and for modest compensation. This book illuminates their roles, celebrates their service, and paints an eye-opening picture of how things really work on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Publisher: Brookings Institution
ISBN: 9780815705116
Number of pages: 475
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Patterson offers his third chronological volume on the what, who, and how of White House staffing. Here, he provides detailed and accessible insight into the George W. Bush White House.... from an expert clearly devoted to the cause of White House service." - Library Journal

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"Patterson is the single best source for understanding and explaining the changes in staffing brought about by the consequential and controversial presidency of George W. Bush....This masterful work will serve as a valuable resource for the incoming administration, and should be widely read by those interested in the art and craft of governing. Highly recommended." - CHOICE

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"John Kennedy was the last man to go straight from the Senate to the Oval Office, but this year, both presumptive nominees are Senate products. I'm recommending for their reading a book just published by an old friend, Bradley H. Patterson, who has made a specialty of examining the workings of the White House and probably knows as much as anyone about how to organize the presidency." -David S. Broder, Washington Post

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"In To Serve the President, Brad Patterson provides us with an excellent portrait of the White House staff, including the important changes implemented during the George W. Bush administration. The book will be an important source of information for staff coming into the White House in 2009 as well as for those who study the presidency." -Martha Joynt Kumar, author of Managing the President's Message, winner of the 2008 Richard E. Neustadt Award

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"This engaging, well-written, and painstakingly researched book will update and enlighten even the most seasoned observers of American presidents and the presidency. Through detailed interviews with senior staff, Brad Patterson teases out information that few in Washington get without subpoenas. A few hours spent poring over To Serve the President should be required of future tenants at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue." -Alexis Simendinger, National Journal

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"A White House veteran and careful student of the Presidency, Brad Patterson has written the most thorough analysis available of how the White House operates from the perspective of those who work there. His book is an invaluable resource for anyone, including newly appointed White House staffers, who wants to understand how the 135 separate White House offices serve the presidency." -James Pfiffner, George Mason University, author of Power Play: The Bush Presidency and the Constitution

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