A New York Times bestseller: A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at life on Pennsylvania Avenue with Americaas first families, by the man who spent nearly three decades in their midst J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenueaand coordinated its daily lifeaat the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings and funerals, gardens and playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home. For twenty-eight years, first as assistant to the chief usher, then as chief usher, he witnessed national crises and triumphs, and interacted daily with six consecutive presidents and first ladies, their parents, children and grandchildren, and houseguestsaincluding friends, relatives, and heads of state. In Upstairs at the White House, West offers an absorbing and novel glimpse at Americaas first families, from the Roosevelts to the Kennedys andthe Nixons. Alive with anecdotes ranging from the quotidian (Lyndon B. Johnsonas showerheads) to the tragic (the aftermath of John F. Kennedyas assassination), Westas book is an enlightening and rich account of the American history that took place just behind the Palladian doors of the North Portico.In Upstairs at the White House, West offers an absorbing and novel glimpse at Americaas first families, from the Roosevelts to the Kennedys andthe Nixons.
|Title||:||Upstairs at the White House|
|Author||:||J. B. West, Mary Lynn Kotz|
|Publisher||:||Open Road Media - 2013-10-01|