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The Butler: A Witness to History | [Wil Haygood]

The Butler: A Witness to History

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.
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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

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    What disappointed you about The Butler?

    The Butler is not a book!
    It is nothing but a political ad and an attempt to make obama (I refuse to use any caps on that name) some kind of a god. There is nothing about--what it was like to serve hundreds of people during a state dinner, how many persons are needed to serve a state dinner, how people have changed over the years both guests and staff, what were his routine daily duties, did he have to polish silver, was he ever scared he might droop something, how often he had to be invisible during his job, were there any parts of his job he didn't like, what was the feeling inside the White House during holidays, funerals, first time visits of a new leader of a country, was there ever a time they were afraid something might happen to the White House as during the Cold War, what changed when the President was out of town-----NOTHING AT ALL!
    A total waste of good money and time!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wil Haygood again?

    NEVER


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Anyone who didn't worship obama!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust nothing but disgust.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money, save all the time you will waste-reading or listening followed by expelling everything you have eaten in the past 48 hours in the bathroom. If this trash
    Is what you want Al Sharpen, or any radical pro- racist will be a much better use of your time.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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