Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency--21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories (Hardback)
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Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency--21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 29/09/2015
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In this history of the highest office of the United States of America, Paul Brandus, White House-based journalist and creator of the enormously popular "West Wing Report" (200K+ followers) on Twitter (@WestWingReport) focuses on an oft ignored key player-the life of the White House itself. Even in this time of relentless coverage of the President's every move, we can forget that he and his advisers are human, with a life filled with smaller personal moments that lead up to the big public ones. Imagine Nixon in the East Room, worrying what would happen if the moon mission fails, or McKinley in the map room knowing he will soon start a war he doesn't want to fight. The events that shaped America have usually started or ended at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, often with the White House becoming part of the story. Some of those narratives peaked in the Oval Office, but more often the most interesting moment occurred in some quieter, domestic event like Edith Wilson running the country from the Master Bedroom, or Obama nervously playing spades in the Private Dining Room before heading down to the Situation Room on the night Osama bin Laden was killed. These stories will tell not just the history of the event, but will detail, with as much detail as possible, the particular room in which the event occurred. The battered office chair Lincoln used as he pondered the Emancipation Proclamation. The overheated, dimly lit Red Room during the secret swearing in of Rutherford B. Hayes. The stories also mirror, in chronological fashion, the growth of America itself. The White House has expanded as the country has, gained workspace as the government grew, embraced technology as the nation did, and mirrors the dynamism of the United States itself.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781493008346
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 33 g
Dimensions: 235 x 167 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[A] fast-moving and well-written history of the presidency.... Brandus is a top-notch tour guide, filling his pages with vivid portraits of presidents and their families at work and play." -Del Quentin Wilber, New York Times bestselling author of Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan
"[A]n engaging, endearing profile of the world's most famous residence and the families who called the White House home.... I thought I knew just about everything interesting about the presidency-until I read his book!" -Ron Fournier, senior columnist for the National Journal
"[I]nventive, smart and engaging." -Susan Page, Washington Bureau chief of USA Today
"[A] towering history . . . a riveting narrative." -David A. Andelman, Editor & Publisher, World Policy Journal; Columnist, USA Today; and author of Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today
"Quite simply, it's a fascinating read." -Steve Scully, C-SPAN Networks
"This fascinating book is stuffed with secrets and little-known tales of presidential intrigue." -Larry J. Sabato, New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy
"Under This Roof is like taking a tour of the White House with a gifted storyteller at your side illuminating the most dramatic moments of American history.... Paul Brandus paints a vivid picture." -Christina Bellantoni, Editor-in-Chief, Roll Call.
"Paul Brandus brings wit and insight to vivid depictions of the forty-two men, their families, and staff members who have lived and worked at the `President's House' since 1800. Liberally sprinkled with anecdotes, Under This Roof is a great choice for anyone interested in American History and life in the White House." -Libby O'Connell, Chief Historian, HISTORY (R) and author of The American Plate
"Under this Roof sweeps us into a sensuous account of the history of both the home of the President, and the men and women who designed, inhabited, and decorated it. Paul Brandus captivates with surprising, gloriously raw observations." -Mark Santangelo, Chief Librarian and Archivist, The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
"[A] terrifically fun, smart, and thoughtful exploration of the people who lived in the White House.... [A] must-read for anyone with curiosity about what happens within the White House's historic walls." -Ben Frumin, Editor-in-Chief, TheWeek.com
"[A] meticulously researched, highly entertaining `if these walls could talk' biography of the White House and its inhabitants from a writer who makes the reader feel he is there. On this brisk walk through American history, author Paul Brandus shows us the small moments that tell the American story." -Melinda Henneberger, Washington Post and Senior Writer for Bloomberg Politics
" Under This Roof is a quick-moving read. It is almost like having a guided tour of the White House itself! It brings history alive, and that is no small accomplishment! It is a perfect gift for the Holiday season. And you might enjoy it yourself!" * Feather Schwartz Foster Presidential Historian *

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