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
This is not the story of the butler, it is the story about making the movie and black history, etc. I didn't think I was buying a book about this, I wanted to hear first-hand the butler's story. VERY DECEIVING AND WASTE OF MONEY.
Actually let the butler tell the story!
Stupidest thing I ever bought!
I kept looking when I downloaded this thinking it must just be a sample. I had already seen the movie, and wanted to get more information on Eugene Allen's life....not less information. Like someone said, this was basically a summary of the movie and a marketing ploy.
In order to make this a 4 or 5-star experience....an actual book!
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I guess I thought this book was going to be a story. It is actually made up of comments on the life of Eugene Allen and the civil rights issues throughout the history of this country, and a whole lot about the making of the movie Each of the narrators added a point of view and historical facts that contributed directly or indirectly to the success of Mr. Allen as a butler in the White House. It was interesting and all, just not what I was expecting. I wanted to hear a lot more about his relationship with the presidents and other interesting people he must have met in his tenure in the white house. Surely there is an untold story here. I guess I'll have to see the movie to find out.
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!
Anyone who didn't worship obama!
Disgust nothing but disgust.
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.
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