In Under This Roof, award-winning White House journalist Paul Brandus weaves together stories of the presidents, their families, the events of their time, and an oft-ignored major character, the White House itself. From George Washington to the current occupant, Barack Obama - the story of the White House is the story of America itself, Brandus writes. You'll:
Through triumph and tragedy, boom and bust, secrets and scandals, Brandus brings history to life in this riveting, highly entertaining inside look at the presidency and White House.
©2015 Paul Brandus (P)2015 Tantor
"[A] fast-moving and well-written history of the presidency." (Del Quentin Wilber, author of Rawhide Down)
Good book. Well researched. Definitely kept my interest. This book is best when it focuses on the White House itself, not on the history of the various administrations. Reading it made me want to visit the White House again.
The book was full of interesting facts about the White House and the presidents who call it home/. But you may be off put by the dozens of Presidents you've never heard of and goings on nobody cares about. The author doesn't do a good job of putting his selections into context and telling the reader why he selected the people he did. That said if you're the kind of person who likes history for it's own sake you can't go wrong with this. Performance is top notch
Yes and no. The narrator was not very good at all. The story had potential that wasnt followed up on.
Kind of anticlimactic. It is about past presidents so not much to add,
Flat and boring.
The book is about the White House but got the impression the author is a Reagan fan. That is so boring! He went on and on about Reagan which had nothing to do with the White House itself. Carter got short shrift among others. There is no need to talk about policies and politics - the house itself and the stories contained in the walls so to speak - the personal side. No mention about the staff quarters and other details.
I love this book! So much history is in this book. I learned about presidents whose names I didn't know before. I'm even more enchanted with the White House! The narrator did a wonderful job and was easy to understand and follow along with.
I hope they catch it and fix it. Otherwise, this is my kind of geeky history. The White House's history is so incredibly interesting. It so perfectly embodies the strength, resiliance, and many imperfections of the country itself. But it has also gotten better over time.
The information that I had never heard about before.
Most of them, though he can't do any accents.
Afraid I can't think of one.
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