Short Take: The Residence – Kate Anderson Brower

Here’s a nonfiction, American Upstairs Downstairs or Downton Abbey. It’s the behind-the-scenes history of the White House from the point of view of the service staff, from the Kennedy administration to the present. The result is daily life in the White House as it is really lived.

[O]ne of those rare books that is both elegant portraiture and highly readable, important White House history. The anecdotes are fresh and the analysis cogent. The stories about Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama are irresistible. Highly recommended!”
— Douglas Brinkley

“[A] true insider’s tour of the White House. Never before has the president’s home appeared so loud and so human.”
— Chris Matthews

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House (9780062305190) by Kate Anderson Brower. $27.99 hardcover. 4/7/15 on sale.

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