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Under This Roof Audiobook

Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency - 21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Walk with John Adams through the still-unfinished mansion and watch Thomas Jefferson plot to buy the Louisiana Territory.
  • Feel the fear and panic as British invaders approach the mansion in 1814 - and Dolley Madison frantically saves a painting of Washington.
  • Be in the room as one president is secretly sworn in and another gambles away the White House china in a card game.
  • Stand by the presidential bed as one First Lady - covering up her husband's illness from the nation-secretly makes decisions on his behalf.
  • Learn how telephones, movies, radio, and TV changed the presidency - and the nation itself.

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

What the Critics Say

"[A] fast-moving and well-written history of the presidency." (Del Quentin Wilber, author of Rawhide Down)

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    ARFedewa 02-25-16
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    "Love this!"

    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.

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    Richard Hadden 09-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good stuff for presidential buffs"

    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.

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    Marian 04-29-16
    Marian 04-29-16
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    "Could be better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. The narrator was not very good at all. The story had potential that wasnt followed up on.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Kind of anticlimactic. It is about past presidents so not much to add,


    What didn’t you like about Tom Zingarelli’s performance?

    Flat and boring.


    Was Under This Roof worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Barrett Stork 10-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!"

    Fantastic listen. Full of amazing little known details about the White House that are entertaining and inspiring.

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    James Arlington Heights, IL, United States 09-16-15
    James Arlington Heights, IL, United States 09-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Bad editing error towards the very end."

    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.

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    brian 09-02-15
    brian 09-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "More history on the White House."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Under This Roof to be better than the print version?

    I would.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The information that I had never heard about before.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Zingarelli – was your favorite?

    Most of them, though he can't do any accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Afraid I can't think of one.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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