The story that inspired the major motion picture...read by its stars David Oyelowo, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey
When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan.
Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history as decisions about America's most momentous events were being made.
With a foreword by the Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler also includes Wil Haygood's essay exploring the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, read here by David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey.
©2013 Wil Haygood (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
It seemed this book was really just an advertisement for the movie. It was not enjoyable. Felt cheated by wasting a credit.
I was pleasantly surprised that this is written from the perspective of the writer of the newspaper article about the Butler. So it is very different from the move. I really liked that. I didn't like the "history" of African Americans" at the end of the book. It seemed like it was just filler and unnecessary to the story. I would have preferred more history about butlers.
Eugene Allen is definitely the best character.
Eugene Allen, the Butler.
I would have rather learned more about Will, than had a history lesson on African Americans in film, what did that have to do with a Butler in the White House?
The core story is GREAT. I also loved learning that the writer of the newspaper article kept in touch with his subject and really cared about him. It was heartwarming to learn that they developed such a close bond.
OLD enough to remember listening to radio shows in the bedroom and in Dad's car. Poised on the edge of the bed with my older brother eagerly awaiting the amazing stories on the radio or sitting quietly in the back seat of the car listening to dad figure out the Minute Mysteries on the radio. I remember all to well the sounds on the air ways.
Not really. I tell them to see the movie.
detals historical details explain his life as it should have been told
Definately see the movie, a picture of history
Enjoying every listen.
Yes I would. Insight into those who were employed at the White House
The historical content. Professionalism of the Butler. Getting a view on how things worked behind the scenes, concerning people who might not otherwise be known.
Giving personal insight to the Butler's life. Tone and diction.
Yes, I did.
simply a lecture with an intro about the article it is based on
save your money
This book title is misleading in that it is merely a description of the author's researching and interviewing, and not about the butler himself. I am very disappointed and feel cheated out of a credit.
It really isn't about the story. I watched the movie and I thought it was sensational!!! So I thought, I could really do justice to this title by getting the book and as is customary there would be those little things in the book that weren't on the screen. Was I wrong!!!!
The narrator could have sounded a lot more interested in the content he was delivering. Ten minutes into a 2hr plus set of content I was still wondering if I was listening to the introduction....Nope! It was the actual 'book'...smh
DISAPPOINTED. I'm glad I had downloaded another book with it
I thought this was going to be a story about Eugene Allen. But it is just a poorly written advertisement for the movie with very little about Mr Allen specifically. This was probably due to the fact the Mr Allen was very discrete about what he saw during his years in the White House and chose not to dish out the dirt as so many are prone to do these days. I can't believe they actually charge for this book!!
The honest aging characters...
The man who loved his work ...
His wife's love and support was well noted ...
The dedication of son Charles...
The addition of history of Black actors in film.
It was a true story
Recommend it to high school students of American History and all who saw the movie.
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